The pupil premium is allocated to schools for:
- Children of statutory school age from low income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM)
- Children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months
- Children whose parents are currently working in the armed forces
The level of pupil premium is £1320 per pupil.
The DFE offer the following guidance:
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. 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.
However they also state that:
Schools are free to spend Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used additional funding to support pupils from low income families.
Academic Year 2018/19