The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. It’s allocated to schools based on the number of children who come from low-income families – this is defined as those who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals.
This is one of the current government’s key education policies. It’s based on findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.
It’s important to know that a pupil does not need to have a school dinner, but the parents / carers should check to see if they are entitled. It also includes pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years; children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months; and children where a parent serves in the armed forces.
At up to £2,345 per eligible pupil, this money is for schools to decide how to use in order to improve educational attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds.
In February 2021, the government announced a one-off Recovery Premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery following the negative impact of COVID-19 on access to education/learning and subsequent attainment and progress.
The Recovery Premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the Pupil Premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.
School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis with Ball Green Primary School allocated an additional £145 for each eligible pupil.
Eligible pupils include:
- pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) £1,345 + £145 = £1,490;
- pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years £1,345 + £145 = £1,490;
- children looked after by local authorities and referred to as looked-after children (LAC) £2,345 + £145 = £2,490;
- post looked-after children (post-LAC) £2,345 + £145 = £2,490;
- children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces £310 + £145 = £455
Further details are available in our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2021-2022.