Policy

Raising the achievement of disadvantaged children

Supporting detail:

Pupil premium

The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11.

We introduced a fund of £625 million in April 2011 to give schools £400 per year for:

  • every child currently registered as eligible for free school meals
  • children who have been looked after for 6 months or longer

From April 2012, pupil premium funding was also extended to:

  • all children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years

In the 2013 to 2014 financial year, funding for the pupil premium increased to £1.875 billion. As a result, the amount we give schools for each pupil who attracts the funding has increased to £900 per pupil.

All pupils in primary schools also attract an additional £53. This means that schools will get a total of £953 for each primary school pupil in the 2013 to 2014 financial year.

In the 2014 to 2015 financial year, pupil premium funding will be £2.5 billion. The premium will rise to:

  • £1,300 per pupil of primary-school age
  • £935 per pupil of secondary-school age
  • £1,900 per pupil for looked-after children who:
    • have been looked after for 1 day or more
    • are adopted
    • leave care under a Special Guardianship Order or a Residence Order

School accountability for the pupil premium

The pupil premium is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.

Ofsted inspections report on how schools’ use of the funding affects the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.

We also hold schools to account through performance tables, which include data on:

  • the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding
  • the progress made by these pupils
  • the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers

We reward schools whose use of the pupil premium has significantly improved the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils with Pupil Premium Awards.

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