What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) was introduced in April 2011 and paid to local authorities by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in reception to Year 11. For looked after children the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children Looked After data returns.
The Pupil Premium is allocated on the basis of the number of children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. The Government decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012-13 should be extended to pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years.
Funding is allocated on the basis of a financial year from April to April, but reporting relates to spending for each academic year.