Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding to school from the Local Authority based on the number of pupils in year groups reception to year 11, who are:

Recorded as eligible for free school meals, or have been recorded as eligible at any point in the last 6 years (FSM Ever 6). 


Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

Income Support
income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
income-related Employment and Support Allowance
support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Universal Credit - if your household income is less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

This can be applied for online using the following link:


Previously looked-after children (PLAC): pupils who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order).

Looked-after children (LAC) supported by the authority. LAC are defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by an English local authority.

The PPG can be spent:

  • for the benefit of pupils registered at the school that receives it
  • for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies
  • on community services whose provision furthers the benefit of pupils at the school.

Schools must use PPG funding for the purpose of raising the educational attainment of PLAC, LAC and pupils who are eligible for FSM Ever 6.

In line with the 3-tiered approach in EEF’s pupil premium guide, activities must be those that:

  • support the quality of teaching, such as staff professional development;
  • provide targeted academic support, such as tutoring; and
  • tackle non-academic barriers to academic success, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support

Children of service families in school years reception to year 11, can receive the SPP funding

The SPP is there for schools to provide mainly pastoral support for service children, whereas the pupil premium (PPG) was introduced to raise attainment and accelerate progress within disadvantaged groups. Schools should not combine SPP with the main PP funding and the spending of each premium should be accounted for separately and is detailed below: