Pupil premium

The government is giving schools extra funding to help improve outcomes for disadvantaged children and other pupils who need extra support.

Applies to England



Separate guidance for school leaders and governing boards on using pupil premium is available.

This is for:

  • parents with children in primary or secondary schools
  • anyone with an interest in the pupil premium or disadvantaged children

It explains how the government:

  • is supporting schools to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers
  • expects schools to use the pupil premium
  • holds schools to account for their decisions
Published 18 October 2019
Last updated 6 September 2021 + show all updates
  1. Amended to make the pupil eligibility and funding rates and use of the pupil premium sections clearer.

  2. Moved information about 2021 to 2022 allocations to the effective use and accountability webpage.

  3. Updated with a link to ‘Pupil premium: allocations and conditions of grant 2021 to 2022’ and added information on the requirements of schools.

  4. Added information about allocation changes from 2021 to 2022.

  5. Updated pupil premium and service premium rates for the financial year 2021 to 2022.

  6. Updated to show the increased pupil premium and service premium rates for the financial year 2020 to 2021.

  7. First published.