The pupil premium grant is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. It is a school-level grant that gives schools extra resources to help them meet challenges, including those arising from deprivation.
It is allocated for schools to:
- improve the academic outcomes of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities
- close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers across the country
As a school, we decide on how to use the pupil premium to improve disadvantaged pupils’ academic attainment. There is a growing body of evidence on how schools can best help disadvantaged pupils make progress. The needs of all pupils are assessed and the grant used to make maximum impact in the school. Pupil needs will differ and will cost differing amounts to address.
There is no expectation that schools should spend the grant only on eligible pupils, or on a per eligible pupil basis.
When taking decisions on how to spend the grant we consider evidence on what will have the most impact for our pupils.
Some of the spending will be on whole school strategies such as:
- Supporting training and continuous development to improve the quality of all teaching, which have the potential to impact positively on all pupils.
- Targeting support for disadvantaged pupils through evidence-based interventions
- Supporting whole-school strategies to improve attendance, behaviour and readiness to learn
Pupil eligibility and funding rates 2022 to 2023
This table shows how pupil premium funding is allocated to schools and local authorities. Allocations are provided on a financial year basis, based on the following pupil eligibility rates.
|Pupil eligibility criteria||Amount of funding for each primary-aged pupil per year||Amount of funding for each secondary-aged pupil per year||Funding is paid to|
|Pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years (including eligible children of families with no recourse to public funds)||£1385||£985||School|
|Pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care||£2410||£2410||School|
|Children who are looked after by the local authority||£2410||£2410||Local authority|
Free school meals
The government has permanently extended free school meal eligibility to include children in all households with no recourse to public funds (NRPF).
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