Introduction to Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium funding is given to schools to offer targeted support

What is Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

  • For children who are entitled to free school meals, looked after children and those with parents in the Armed Forces
  • How it is spent depends on needs of the child
  • The interventions are chosen by the school and can be arts based e.g. an artist in residence
  • Ofsted will ask how it was spent and about impact

Pupil premium funding is available to:

  • schools maintained by the local authority, including:
  • special schools, for children with special educational needs or disabilities
  • pupil referral units (PRUs), for children who can’t go to a mainstream school
  • academies and free schools, including:
  • special academies, for children with special educational needs or disabilities
  • alternative provision (AP) academies, for children who can’t go to a mainstream school
  • voluntary-sector AP, with local authority agreement
  • non-maintained special schools (NMSS), for children with special educational needs as approved by the Secretary of State for Education under section 342 of the Education Act 1992

Find out more:

Sutton Trust and EEF have developed a toolkitaccessible summary of educational research which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils’.

Getting the most out of the pupil premium from The Guardian Teacher Network

/LEAN information page on early years pupil premium can be found here

Ofsted 2013 report The pupil premium: how schools used the funding

To find out about recent funding, click here

If you have any more information on pupil premium or if you are running an arts project/ programme funded by pupil premium- we'd love to hear about it.

This an introduction; it is always wise to do your own research and let us know if you find more resources and information.

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This post is part of our information section: Working in schools 

/LEAN information page on early years pupil premium can be found here