QuickRead: Pupil premium

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Last reviewed on 20 October 2022
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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 to help raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.  

It's also used to support pupils with parents in the regular armed forces, which 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 services that benefit pupils at your school 

It's up to your senior leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium, as long as it's spent within the requirements of the conditions of grant.

This includes spending the premium in line with The Department for Education's menu of approaches from the start of the 2022 to 2023 academic year. 

Eligibility and amount per pupil for 2022-23

Primary-aged pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been