The Government introduced the Pupil Premium in April 2011. It is intended to address the underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who are in most need of it.
Schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1 320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
- £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
In addition, schools will receive up to £2 300, for each Looked After Child, who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English Local Authority.
Schools will also receive £2 300 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
If a student has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.
The Service Child Premium was also introduced in April 2011. Unlike the main deprivation premium, which is intended to raise attainment, the intention is to provide additional (mainly pastoral) support. It is currently paid at the rate of £300 per eligible pupil.
For full details on the Pupil Premium received please click here.