The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in April 2011 by the Government to provide additional funding to address the gap in educational attainment and long-term economic well-being between socially disadvantaged children and young people compared to their peers. The reasons for this correlation are complex and no actual causal relationship has been proven. It was allocated to children from low income families, who were known to be eligible for Free School Meals, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium funding for 2012-2013 was extended to pupils who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever6 Free School Meals measure).
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, those that have been adopted and a smaller amount for the children of service personnel.
Pupil Premium Strategy
Pupil Premium Policy