Introduced in 2011, .
This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
Primary schools are given pupil premium funding each year for children in Reception to Year 6 who are, or have ever been, entitled to free school meals based on their family income.
The rates for eligible pupils 2021-22:
Pupils in year groups Reception to Year 6: £1345
Children in care: £2345
Children previously in care who have been adopted, or who have a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order: £2345
Service Children recorded as being from service families: £310
, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.