The Government believes that the Pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those who are not eligible by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
From September 2012 schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium.
In February 2021, the Government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery.
The recovery premium provides additional funding for schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils. Reporting on the use of the recovery premium is documented as part of the pupil premium strategies.