The aim of the Government’s new Pupil Premium is to raise achievement among disadvantaged children. The Pupil Premium has a number of wider aims:
- to increase social mobility
- to enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to the top Universities
- to reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally
Pupil Premium: conditions of grant
The Secretary of State for Education lays down the following terms and conditions on which assistance is given in relation to the pupil premium grant (PPG) payable to schools and local authorities for the financial year beginning in April 2018. PPG provides funding for two policies:
- Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
- Supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces
Terms on which the PPG is allocated to schools
The grant may be spent in the following ways:
- For the purposes of the school; that is, for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school
- For the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies
- On community facilities; for example, services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, on people who live and work in the locality in which the school is situated.
Use of the LAC premium
The LAC premium must be managed by the designated virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child, and used without delay for the benefit of the looked-after child’s educational needs as described in their personal education plan.
Schools can spend the grant as they see fit, if it is to demonstrably improve the attainment of eligible pupils. Schools don’t need to spend an equal amount on each pupil, or fund interventions that benefit only eligible pupils, but the grant should not fund free school meals. (The Key for School Leaders)