Since 2011-12, schools have been allocated ‘Pupil Premium Funding’. The terms of the grant are very broad and state:
‘The grant may be spent by maintained schools for the purposes of the school; that is to say for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school, or for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools; and on community facilities, for example services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated’.
The grant is to be allocated in two parts, which are:
- Pupil premium for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) in any of the previous six years and service children in mainstream schools
- Pupil premium for looked-after children and pupils eligible for FSM in any of the previous six years in non-mainstream settings
The Department for Education (DfE) requires schools to publish information about how they plan to use the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG). The reports below include a review of the school’s use of Pupil Premium for 2019-20, followed by the strategy for 2020-21.