The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11.
From April 2012, the government extended pupil premium funding to children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years. For the 2015 to 2016 financial year, funding for the pupil premium has increased to £2.545 billion.
The pupil premium 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.
The government holds schools to account through performance tables, which include data on:
Please find below our evaluation of pupil premium funding for 2015-16 and current year budget.