Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is allocated to local authorities and schools with pupils on roll that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years; Children who are Looked After (CLA) and for service families.


  • The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
  • In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
  • Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, we will also require schools to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
  • We will also provide schools with information about strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of pupils from poorer backgrounds.

Key facts

  • The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
  • The level of the premium in 2012-13 was £600 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months. It then increased to £935 per pupil in 2013-14. In 2014-15 and subsequent years, the amount payable per pupil is £1,320.
  • The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and paid to local authorities by means of a specific grant based on January 2011 school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for FSM in reception to Year 11. For looked after children the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children looked after data returns (SSDA903).
  • Local authorities are responsible for looked after children in care and will make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.
  • The Government has decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012-13 will be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years. Earlier this year we consulted on options for extending the coverage of the Pupil Premium. As a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.

Overview of PP Impact at St Matthew’s

KS1 SATs 2017 – children who were working at Age Related Expectation


Reading Writing Maths
PP 58.8% 47.1% 70.6%
Non PP 81% 78.6% 88.1%

KS2 SATs 2017 – children who were working at
Age Related Expectation

Reading Writing GPS Maths
PP 63.6% 72.7% 77.3% 50%
Non PP 81.1% 89.2% 91.9% 78.4%

Assessment and tracking tools to enhance our ability to set challenging and achievable targets for these children. PP has been used for the following at St. Matthew’s:

  • Booster groups led by consultant teacher
  • Booster groups led by a senior Leader in Maths
  • Additional TA support to provide highly targeted 1:1 and small group support in class
  • 1:1 Reading support from Beanstalk
  • Trips, clubs and school visits
  • Resources (including ICT) to support specific children
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided by trained TAs or external agencies e.g. Able Maths
  • Additional Licences for Dyslexia Screener
  • Forest School
  • Reading Dog

Pupil Premium Funding

PP Strategy 17-18

Pupil premium strategy statement 16-17