Education watchdog Ofsted has published a report based on a survey of the views of 262 school leaders on how cash for schools helping disadvantaged pupils is spent.
This academic year, schools were allocated £1.25 billion as part of the premium policy for children from low income families. According to the Department for Education, the pupil premium is allocated to:
- Children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
- Up to £50m of the £1.25bn will be used to support a Summer School programme.
- Total funding through the Premium increased from £625m in 2011-12 to £1.25bn in 2012-13.
- The level of the premium is £600 per pupil in 2012-13.
- It was introduced in April 2011.
- It was also paid to academies via the Young Peoples’ Learning Agency.
- Local authorities are responsible for looked after children in care and will make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.