The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families.
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent.
The Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
- the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium
- the new reports for parents that schools now have to publish online, (see below).
In most cases the Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who at any point in the past 6 years has been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order,any pupil whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.