Pupil premium
Produced in partnership with Chris Barnett of Match Solicitors
Pupil premium

The following Local Government guidance note Produced in partnership with Chris Barnett of Match Solicitors provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Pupil premium
  • Calculation of funding
  • Obligations on schools in receipt of the Pupil Premium
  • Publication of information
  • Monitoring of the use of the pupil premium—Ofsted inspections
  • Independent reviews
  • Local authority monitoring

The Pupil premium was introduced by the coalition government from April 2011. It takes the form of additional funding allocated to schools and local authorities to support and improve the attainment of disadvantaged children (and, more recently, also to support the children of parents in the armed forces).

The pupil premium is paid by the Department for Education by way of a grant (pupil premium grant (PPG)) made under s 14 of the Education Act 2002. Payments for maintained schools, including special schools and pupil referral units, as well as for non-maintained special schools, are made to local authorities, for distribution to the schools in their area. Payments for academies and free schools are made directly to the schools by the Education Funding Agency.

Payments in relation to currently looked after children (LAC) are also now treated separately, and are paid to local authorities, as discussed below, to be managed by the designated virtual school head (VSH) for the area.

Guidance for VSHs on managing Pupil Premium funding is provided online by the DfE. This also covers the management of the separate early years pupil premium.

Calculation of funding

The level of the PPG was initially calculated by reference to two factors:

  1. the number of children entitled to free school meals (FSM) under ss 512 and 512ZA of the Education Act 1996 (EA