The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011.
The government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers. For each child eligible for Pupil Premium, the school receives an additional allocation of funds. This is to ensure that schools are able to use the money to support those disadvantaged pupils who need it the most. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, less family support, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality.
A Pupil Premium of £1,320 is allocated to schools for each pupil that has been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years.