The Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is allocated to schools to support the learning of pupils from low-income families. These are children that are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or have been ‘looked after’ continuously for more than six months.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
The level of the premium in 2011-12 was £488 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months. It increased to £600 per pupil in 2012-13.
The Government has decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012-13 would be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.