The Pupil Premium is an amount of money (additional to main school funding) the government allocates to all schools, to support all pupils to reach their potential. It is particularly aimed at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Schools receive funding based on pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals or who have been eligible at any point in the last 6 years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
It is aimed at closing the gap in attainment that exists between disadvantaged pupils and their peers
Each school may decide how best to use the funding and they are held accountable for how it has been used to support pupils from low income families. School are required to report this information.