Pupil Premium

  • In 2011-12, schools were allocated grant funding known as ‘Pupil Premium’ to provide additional support or resources for children from low income families who were eligible for free school meals.
  • From 2012 it was extended to include pupils who had been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. It also included those children who had been’ looked after’ continuously for more than six months and also those children whose parents were currently serving in the Armed Forces
  • When it was introduced in April 2011, the level of the pupil premium for the 2011-12 period was £488 per pupil. It increased to £623 per pupil in 2012-13 and to £953 for 2013-14. In 2014-15 the amount was increased again to £1323 per pupil.
  • Service Pupils were funded at £200 for the 11-12 period; £250 for 12-13 and £300 for 13-14
  • From April 2014, schools in England will receive additional funding of £1900 through the Pupil Premium Plus for children adopted from care.
  • Schools are free to decide how to best use the premium but it should be spent in order to improve educational attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds.
  • To find out more information about eligibility for Free School Meals, please visit the North Tyneside website