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Last updated on 1 November 2018
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School types: Maintained, Special, Academy · School phases: Primary, Secondary

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Purpose of the pupil premium

The pupil premium is additional funding given to maintained schools and academies in England to narrow attainment gaps between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils. It's also used to support pupils with parents in the regular armed forces (this part of it is known as the service pupil premium).

The grant may be spent:

  • For the educational benefit of pupils registered at your school or at other maintained schools or academies
  • On community facilities, such as services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at your school or their families, or people who live or work in your school's locality

Eligibility and amount per pupil in 2018-19

  • Primary aged pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 free school meals (FSM)’: £1,320
  • Secondary aged pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’: £935
  • Looked after children (LAC) and post-LAC: £2,300
  • Pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 service children’ or in receipt of a pension from the Ministry of Defence: £300

A pupil is eligible for FSM if their parents receive certain benefits, such as income support, or if the child receives these benefits in their own right.

Governors' role

Your board is responsible for making sure the pupil premium funding is spent on improving the attainment of eligible pupils. Your board and/or link governor should monitor:

  • The spending of the pupil premium - make sure money is spent in identifiable ways to support target groups of pupils
  • The impact of spending on target groups - all schools are required to publish pupil premium impact reports
  • The attainment and progress of different groups of pupils over time to provide evidence of how eligible pupils are progressing compared with others. Data should demonstrate effective spending

Schools don't have to publish information about the service pupil premium like they do for the pupil premium, but you should still monitor whether this funding is being used effectively to support the emotional and social wellbeing of the pupils who receive it.

As these 2 funding streams are for different purposes, spending should be accounted for separately in any reports you receive from your school leaders.

Ofsted inspectors will look at how well you hold school leaders to account for using the pupil premium effectively. They also look at any differences made to the learning and progress of disadvantaged pupils, as shown by outcomes data and inspection evidence.

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