The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. (Gov.UK July 2015)
Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011/2012.
The Pupil Premium for the academic year 2018-2019 was allocated to pupils on roll in January 2018 and January 2019 who are known to have been eligible for free school meals, were ‘children looked after’ continuously for more than 6 months at any time in the last six years, and service children i.e. children of parents in the armed services. The funding is determined by financial year.
Schools have freedom to spend the Pupil Premium, which is additional to the underlying schools budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. Schools have a responsibility to report on their use of Pupil Premium.