Purpose of the Pupil Premium
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.?
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, we will also require schools to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
The Department for Education will also provide schools with information about strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of pupils from poorer backgrounds.?
Pupil premium: conditions of grant
The Department for Education (DfE) published the Pupil Premium Grant 2012/2013: Conditions of Grant in December 2011. Section 8 sets out the terms on which the pupil premium grant (PPG) is allocated to schools. The terms are very broad and merely state:
The grant may be spent by maintained schools for the purposes of the school...
...that is to say for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school, or for the; benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools; and on community facilities, for example services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated.