The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
Extra support in school for adopted children
From April 2014, schools in England can receive additional funding through the Pupil Premium Plus for children adopted from care. To enable schools to claim the Pupil Premium Plus, parents or guardians will need to inform the child’s school that they are eligible.
If your child qualifies for this funding then please inform school. This information will be treated in strictest confidence.
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