The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools which is additional to main school funding. It is allocated according to the number of pupils on roll who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), a smaller amount allocated according to the number of children of service families, and an allocation for each pupil who has been ‘Looked After’ (in care) for 6 months or more. In 2012, funding was extended to include pupils who have ever been eligible for free school meals within the past 6 years (Ever 6).
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium grant is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support these identified pupils and must measure the impact of the provision in order to prove it has been spent effectively.