In April 2011, the Department for Education introduced the pupil premium and the service premium. This gave schools funding to close attainment gaps for disadvantaged pupils and to assist with the pastoral needs of children with parents in the armed forces. The pupil premium is designed to address inequality by giving every school the resources they need to help their most disadvantaged pupils, allowing them the freedom to respond appropriately to individual circumstances.
From April 2012, pupil premium funding was extended to children eligible for free school meals at any point in the previous 6 years. For the 2022 to 2023 financial year, school will receive the following Pupil Premium Funding per student:
£2410 per pupil who has been previously Looked-after and have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of
£2410 per pupil who are Looked-after children (LAC)
£1385 per pupil eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years
£320 per pupil who are children of service personnel
COVID Catch up Premium
COVID Catch up funding has been allocated to schools to support the impact of COVID 19 and school closures on pupils and enable them to recover quickly and make good progress. Primary schools will be allocated £80 per pupil from Reception to Year 6.
The COVID catch up plan should be read in conjunction with the Pupil Premium Strategy Document.