Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is designed to ensure that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The funding is allocated to Local Authorities and schools with pupils from Reception to Y11 who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), are looked after or have parents currently in the Armed Forces. From April 2012 the coverage of the Premium was widened to include those eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years.

If you are not sure if your child is eligible for Pupil Premium Funding and Free School Meals, we ask all parents to check their eligibility using the information and tools here on the Cambridge County Council site Alternatively, please speak to a member of the School Office Team in confidence.

How do we help Disadvantaged Children?

Schools, throughout the country, receive additional funding to support Disadvantaged Children to help raise their attainment from reception to Year 11. This funding was formerly known as Pupil Premium.  Government findings have shown that this group of children has consistently lower educational attainment than those from other groups. It was first introduced in April 2011 and in the 2013/14 academic year amounted to £953 per pupil.  In the 2020/21 academic year the funding increased to £1345 for primary aged children.

The school receives Disadvantaged Children funding if a child:

  • comes from a low income family that is currently eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  • comes from a low income family that has been entitled to free school meals at any point in the last six years
  • has a parent serving in the Armed Forces

Funding for Looked After Children funding remains £2345 per pupil in 2020/21 with the following eligibility criteria:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order

Click here to view the Department of Education website.