Use of the pupil premium
The Pupil Premium is funding which is allocated to school budgets based on the number of pupils who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children who come from Services families.
Pupil premium is not a personal budget for individual pupils and schools are not required to spend all of the allocated grant on eligible pupils.
It is for school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium, within the requirements of the conditions of grant.
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when used across 3 areas:
- High-quality teaching, such as staff professional development.
- Targeted academic support, such as tutoring.
- Wider strategies to address non-academic barriers to success in schools, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support.
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) recommend that schools particularly focus their pupil premium on supporting high-quality teaching.