The Pupil Premium funding was introduced in April 2011 and paid using a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils. Pupil premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or backgrounds. Findings 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 for free school meals.
The funding is allocated to schools based on the number of children who meet one (or more) of the following criteria:
- 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
- children where a parent serves in the armed forces