Schools are allocated funds for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment and progress of a particular group of pupils. The funding for pupil premium pupils is allocated to schools in relation to the following:
- Those who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
- Those who are in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority (looked‐after children).
- Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales.
- Children of service personnel.
Parents can inform the school that they are service personnel or have adopted children so that these funds can be claimed by the school, as this particular information is not provided to the school from any other source. Any information provided will, of course, be treated in the strictest confidence.
Funding is specifically allocated to raise the attainment of these groups of pupils and to close the gap in attainment and progress between them and other children in their year group both within the school and nationally. Whilst schools are free to spend these funds as they see fit, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the funds and the impact it has had upon attainment.