The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is funding provided to schools, which is additional to main school funding. The Pupil Premium is designed to help each school boost the attainment of disadvantaged children and reduce the gap between the highest and lowest achievers. It is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who are currently eligible for Free School Meals or were eligible in any of the previous six years (Ever 6 FSM). In addition, an allocation is made for each pupil who has been ‘Looked After’ (in care) for 6 months or more. Finally, a smaller amount of the grant is allocated according to the number of children of Service Families (Ever 3 Service Child).
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. This information must be published on the school website.