Introduction to the Pupil Premium (from the Department for Education website)

The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

Schools also receive funding for children who are looked after (or were adopted from care), and children of service personnel.

Catch-Up Premium for Lower Prior Attainers

From January 2013, the Government has made a commitment to provide additional funding (currently £500) to schools for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved level 4 in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2.