Pupil Premium and Budget

Pupil Premium and Service Pupil Premium Allocation

In April 2011, the Department of Education (DfE) introduced the Pupil Premium and Service Premium. This gave schools £625 million of extra funding to close attainment gaps for disadvantaged pupils and to assist with the pastoral needs of children with parents in the armed forces.

The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from Reception to year 11. The money a school receives is based on the following:

  • children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years
  • children who have been looked after, adopted from care or left care under a special guardianship order at any time
  • children for whom one parent is serving in the regular armed forces, has done so in the past 3 years or died whilst serving in the armed forces at any time.

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) 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.

When making decisions about Pupil Premium spending, it is important to consider the context of the school and the subsequent challenges faced.


Category: Amount per child 2018-19


Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 as recorded as Ever 6 FSM £1320
Looked after children (LAC) defined in Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority £1900
Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order £1900
Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of child pension from the Ministry of Defence. This is called the Service Pupil Premium (SPP) £300



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