Pupil Premium

Online Reporting

All school must publish details online in relation to how pupil premium funding is spent and the effect this has had on the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding.

Please use the document downloads below for information with regard to pupil premium spending and impact:

What is Pupil Premium?

In primary schools Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to Year 6 and close the gap between them and their peers.

Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, like special schools and pupil referral units.

In April 2012,  pupil premium funding was extended to children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years.

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.

Schools are also held to account through performance tables, which include data on:

  • the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding
  • the progress made by these pupils
  • the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers

Schools whose use of the pupil premium has significantly improved the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils are rewarded.

Funding for 2014 to 2015

In the 2014 to 2015 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,300 for primary-aged pupils

Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil who:

  • has been looked after for 1 day or more
  • has been adopted from care
  • has left care under:
    • a special guardianship order
    • a residence order
    • a child arrangement order

Funding for 2015 to 2016

In the 2015 to 2016 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for primary-aged pupils

Schools will continue to receive £1,900 for each child who:

  • has been looked after for 1 day or more
  • has been adopted from care
  • has left care under:
    • a special guardianship order
    • a residence order
    • a child arrangement order

Identifying disadvantaged pupils

Eligibility for free school meals is used nationally as the main measure of deprivation at pupil level.

For the academic year 2014 to 2015, all schools are provided with a list of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.

This data allows schools to identify pupils who have previously attracted pupil premium funding so support can be accurately targeted. The data can also help schools estimate how much pupil premium funding they will be allocated for budget planning purposes. For further information in relation to free school meals, please click here.

Pupil Premium allocations are made based on the January school census.

Payments

Pupil Premium is paid to local authorities in quarterly instalments. Local authorities then manage the funding and decide when to pass it on to the schools they fund.

Local authorities also decide how pupil premium funding is allocated in special schools and alternative provision (AP) settings (including pupil referral units).

Accountability

Headteachers and School Governing Bodies are held accountable for the impact of pupil premium funding in the following ways:

  • performance tables, which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
  • requiring schools to publish details online each year of how they are using the pupil premium and the impact it is having on pupil achievement
  • the Ofsted inspection framework, where inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium

Inspections

School inspections report on the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils who attract the pupil premium.