Pupil funding is additional funding that the Government gives to schools/colleges. This funding is targeted at students facing the greatest disadvantage.
The Government believes that Pupil Premium is the most effective way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers.
The use of the Pupil Premium Grant is the responsibility of each individual school/college. However it is assumed that the funding should be used to remove barriers to learning and ensure that each student participates fully in all aspects of college life and reaches his/her full potential.
Each year in January, every school/college completes a census which captures the students who are in receipt of Free School Meals. This information is then sent to the Government who issue the funding.
In future the use of Pupil Premium Funding will form part of Ofsted Inspections. Schools/colleges will have to demonstrate how effective they were at using this funding.