Key facts about the 'Pupil Premium' policy

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.


Cash for poor pupils warning

Schools in England must do more to ensure the £600 cash they receive to help disadvantaged pupils actually makes a difference to them, Ofsted has warned. The pupil premium, which costs around £1.25bn, is a major Government policy.