Since 2011, the Pupil Premium has been the Government’s principal strategy to help schools improve the learning and opportunities of disadvantaged pupils, reducing the attainment gap and in doing so, reduce educational inequality.
Pupil Premium has now been extended to include children who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the past 6 years (the Ever 6 measure) and children who have left the care system through adoption, residence orders or special guardianship orders. Additionally, the Service Premium grant is for pupils who have a parent serving in the armed services.
Pupil Premium is £1, 345 for pupils in year groups reception to Year 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM, £955 per FSM Ever 6 secondary pupil and £2, 345 for Children Looked After and Post CLA (adopted). The Service Premium is £310 per pupil.
The Department for Education (DfE) has recently published a document on the Pupil Premium for 2021/2022 and the conditions of the grant which is available to view here.