‘The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.’ (DFE Website)
‘I have always believed that the pupil premium is capable of achieving great things in our schools and in our society. The major challenge facing us has been to ensure that it makes a real difference to the disadvantaged pupils at whom it is aimed. It is critical that schools can and do use this additional funding effectively… gaps in attainment are closing more quickly in schools judged as ‘Good’ or better.’ (David Laws Minister of State for Schools)
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (disadvantaged students). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel. The purpose of this extra money is to help close the gap that currently exists nationally, between the achievement of the aforementioned students eligible for Free School Meals and those who are not.