Policy paper

Pupil premium

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



Pupil premium: effective use and accountability contains separate guidance for school leaders and governing boards.

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 30 January 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated to show the increased pupil premium and service premium rates for the financial year 2020 to 2021.

  2. First published.