The pupil premium is a fund given by the government to schools in England and Wales to decrease the attainment gap for the most statistically disadvantaged children, whether by income or by family upheaval. For each pupil who is eligible for free school meals the College receives an extra £935.
Schools receive an extra premium of £1,900 for pupils:
- in local authority care
- adopted from care (and the parent self-declares)
- were in care in the last year, which ceased by virtue of a special guardianship order (and the guardian self-declares), residence order or Child Arrangement Order.
In the academic year 2015–2016 the premium for primary schools will increase to £1,320.