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The Pupil Premium

Page last updated: 22/01/2018

The Pupil Premium is additional funding that is paid to schools in respect of their disadvantaged pupils. Schools receive this funding to support their eligible pupils and narrow the attainment gap between them and their peers.

What is the pupil premium?

​First introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from Reception to Year 11. It is aimed at pupils who are from low-income families and are eligible for free school meals. From April 2012, the Department for Education extended Pupil Premium Funding to children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years (known as FSM Ever 6).

For the 2015/2016 financial year, funding for the Pupil Premium has increased to £2.545 billion.

Schools will receive:

  • £1320 per pupil of primary-school age
  • £935 per pupil of secondary-school age

'Effective use of the Pupil Premium is at the core of the moral purpose of school leadership​' - John Dunford, National Pupil Premium Champion.​

How well do Pupil Premium pupils achieve in Essex?

How are schools held to account for their spending of the Pupil Premium?

​The Pupil Premium is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.

Ofsted inspections report on how schools' use of the funding affects the progress and attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.

Schools are also held to account through performance tables, which include data on:

  • the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding;
  • the progress made by these pupils; especially the more able
  • the progress made by the end of the key stage compared with that made nationally by other pupils with similar starting points and the extent to which any differences in this progress, and consequently in attainment, are diminishing. 

The Department for Education rewards schools whose use of the Pupil Premium has significantly improved the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils with Pupil Premium Awards.​

Other Government funding for disadvantaged pupils

​Where can I find information about Pupil Premium Plus, the Pupil Premium for adopted children, the Service Premium and Early Years Pupil Premium?​

Ofsted and Pupil Premium

​The most recent School Inspection Handbook produced by Ofsted states that its inspectors pay particular attention to how schools are using the Pupil Premium.

Further information can be found on the Ofsted and Pupil Premium Infolink page.​

How can we support you in raising achievement for disadvantaged pupils?


Welcome from the School Effectiveness Team:

We would like to hear from Essex Schools that are willing to share their work which has had a positive outcome upon disadvantaged pupils' achievement. We want to make sure that frequent posts will be added to this page where schools can find examples, top tips and updates from research across the country. We will also be leading on work priorities including:

  • ​National Education Trust (NET) has been commissioned to review the impact of Pupil Premium expenditure and to develop a toolkit to support schools to maximise the impact of Pupil Premium funding. 
  • Guidance regarding commissioning a school review of the impact of the Pupil Premium funding in your school can be found here, where an online directory is available that includes names of leaders who are able to conduct the reviews. 
  • Schools may also seek advice through a Pupil Premium health check, via EES for Schools
The latest school performance data provides evidence that improvements are being made across Essex, however, our challenge is to continue to sustain the current level of improvement whilst accelerating the progress of disadvantaged pupils to narrow gaps.

  • ​Professional Standards for Teaching Assistants​ - advice for headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants, governing bodies and employers.  This document has been drafted by a group of organisations representing the school workforce and education practitioners.  The Standards are non-mandatory and non-statutory, and are intended to stand alongside existing standards for schools to ensure schools can maximise the educational value and contribution of employees working directly with pupils.
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