Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

The pupil premium grant was introduced in April 2011 and is a Government initiative that provides funding aimed at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their more affluent peers.

The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals and those who are looked after as an indicator for deprivation. They have given a fixed amount of money to school, based on the number of pupils registered for free school meals and who are looked after by the local authority. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.