The Pupil Premium Grant
The Pupil Premium is allocated by local authorities, or the DfE, to publicly funded schools and academies with pupils between Foundation Stage 2 and Year 11, on roll in January of each year, that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years (so-called Ever 6 Pupils). The grant per eligible primary-aged pupil is £1320 for the financial year 2017-18.
Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to their underlying budget, in a way they think will best support raising the-achievement of funded pupils in comparison with their non-Pupil Premium peers within the school and nationally, whatever their academic starting point and potential.
Whilst we recognise that eligible children are referred to as ‘disadvantaged’ by Ofsted in reports, and on RAISE online, we prefer to use the terms ‘Pupil Premium’ or ‘Pupil Premium Plus’ because of their more positive connotations.
Pupil Premium Plus pupils are children looked after (CLAs) and are entitled to £1900 in the financial year 2017-18. Schools are now accountable to the LA Virtual School Headteacher for the ways in which funding is spent, so it may be held back until the VSH is satisfied with the school’s plans in respect of each pupil.
The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium will support us in achieving our overall vision.