Pupil premium is an allocation of additional funding which was introduced by the Government in April 2011, for children in England from low income families. The additional funding is provided directly to schools to support children where families meet specific criteria based on income, or who are in local authority care. There is also additional funding for children whose parents serve in the armed forces.
In April 2012 the funding was extended to cover children who met the criteria at any point within the last six years (know as "ever 6").
In April 2014 a further funding allocation was introduced for children who are adopted or under special guardianship
From September 2014 all children up to the end of KS1 now receive 'free school meals'. Extra funding is still available to children who would have previously been entitled to free school meals.
Schools are free to decide how to spend the additional funds. Since September 2012 schools must report on how the additional funds are being used.
Please click on the link below for guidance from the Department for Education.
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