What is the pupil premium?
The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
New measures have been included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of those disadvantaged students covered by the pupil premium. From September 2012, academies and schools have been required to publish online information about how the premium has been used.
Attached below is the pupil premium spending impact statement for 2015-16 and the proposed spending plan for 2016-17.