Pupil premium: funding and accountability for schools

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Pupil premium funding is available to:

  • local authority maintained schools, including special schools and pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • voluntary-sector alternative provision (AP), with local authority agreement
  • special schools not maintained by the local authority (NMSS)
  • academies and free schools, including special and AP academies


    Financial year 2015 to 2016

    In the 2015 to 2016 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

    • £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
    • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

    Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:

    • adoption
    • a special guardianship order
    • a child arrangements order
    • a residence order
  • There is also funding of £300 allocated to children of servicemen and women.