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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium - What is it?

Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.

Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:

  • generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
  • often do not perform as well as their peers

The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, school leaders are required to evidence the impact of their Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) spending. This must be closely linked to improvements in pupil outcomes. 


Eligibility and funding

The government has announced that pupil premium and service premium rates will change for the financial year 2022 to 2023.

From April 2022, pupil premium allocations for mainstream and special schools will be calculated based on the number of eligible pupils recorded by schools in their census in October 2020 (where previously this was based on the January census).

Schools get pupil premium funding based on the number of pupils they have from the following groups.


Free School Meals (FSM)

Schools get £1,385 for every primary age pupil, who claims free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years.


Looked-after and previously looked-after children

Schools get £2,410 for every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.

Local authorities get the same amount for each child they are looking after; they must work with the school to decide how the money is used to support the child’s personal education plan.


Service premium

The service premium is not part of the pupil premium as the rules to attract the service premium are different.


Schools get £320 for every pupil with a parent who:

  • is serving in HM Forces
  • has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence


This funding is to help with pastoral support.