The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly-funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from Reception to Year 11 and close the gap between them and their peers.
Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units. 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.
In the 2014-15 financial year the funding available for pupil premium was £2.5 billion. Each school was paid:
£1,300 per pupil of primary-school age, including:
- every child currently registered as eligible for free school meals;
- all children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years;
£1,900 per pupil for children who:
- have been looked after for 1 day or more;
- were adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005 or left care under:
- a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005;
- a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991.
Download Pupil Premium for 2014-2015
Download Cost Collection Sheet 2014-2015