Pupil Premium and Sports Premium
The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and close the gap between them and their peers.
It is thought to be the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those who are not eligible, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The allocation of Pupil Premium is based on the number of pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (FSM(Ever 6)).
Schools also receive pupil premium funding for children of service personnel or those who fall into one of the following categories:
- a special guardianship order;
- a residence order;
- a child arrangement order;
and has been in local-authority care for 1 day or more
or is in local authority care.
We are committed to ensuring that Pupil Premium funding is used to:
- raise attainment and promote social skills;
- close the gap between the achievement of the identified pupils and their peers;
- raise pupil attainment through the provision and implementation of a variety of educational support programmes;
- focus and address the underlying inequalities between the identified pupils and their peers with regard to pupil well-being and academic development.
Since April 2013 the government has provided additional funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools.
This funding has been jointly allocated by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport.
Purpose of Funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but schools have been given the freedom to choose how they do this.
The overall objective is to show that their spending has led to a “direct and sustained” improvement in sporting provision.