Pupil Premium money has been allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable in the budget of individual schools. It is for school to decide how the Pupil Premium money, allocated to schools per Free School Meal (FSM) pupil, is spent, “since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (DFE 2012)
Pupils who attract this money into schools fall into four groups: those entitled to free school meals (FSM), those who have been entitled to free school meals during the last six years (Ever6), looked after children (LAC) and services children. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium money, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium money as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
The level of the premium for 2017/18 is £935 per pupil for pupils who are either eligible for free school meals (FSM) or have been eligible in the past 6 years. For ‘Looked After Children’ (LAC) the level of Pupil Premium funding is £1,900 and for services children is £300.