The pupil premium (PP) 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. Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units.
We ask all parents to let us know if they fall into any of the categories for their child to be eligible for the Pupil Premium. Often, it means that pupils have been, or are, entitled to free school meals and even if parents don't wish to claim, if we know, we can get extra money for the benefit of the school. It can make a big difference!
In the 2017 to 2018 financial year, schools will receive £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6 who are registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
Schools will also receive £2,300 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:
• A special guardianship order
• A child arrangements order
• A residence order
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £2,300 rate.
Children who have been in local-authority care for one day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child.