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 2019 to 2020 financial year, school will receive the following Pupil Premium Funding per student:
£2300 per pupil who: have been previously Looked-after and have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of
- a special guardianship order,
- a child arrangement order or a residence order
£2300 per pupil who are Looked-after children (LAC)
£1300 per pupil eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years
£300 per pupil who are children of service personnel