Pupil Premium Grant
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding given to state-funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and reduce the difference in achievement between them and other pupils.
The grant may be spent:
- For the educational benefit of pupils registered at the school or at other maintained schools or academies;
- On community facilities, such as services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the school's locality.
Ofsted’s inspection handbook explains that inspectors look at how well the governing body hold school leaders to account for using the pupil premium effectively. They also look at any differences made to the learning and progress of disadvantaged pupils, as shown by outcomes data and inspection evidence.
Inspectors can recommend an external review of the use of the pupil premium if they identify weakness in the school’s provision for disadvantaged pupils.
- Pupils in Reception or Years 1 to 11 recorded as ‘ever 6 free school meals (FSM)’ (meaning they have been registered as eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years);
- Looked after children (LAC) and post-LAC;
- Service children.
A pupil is eligible for FSM if their parents receive certain benefits, such as income support, or if the child receives these benefits in their own right.
Eligible pupil groups - Pupil premium per pupil 2018-19
Pupils in reception or years 1 to 6 recorded as 'ever 6 FSM' £1,320, Pupils in year groups 7 to 11 recorded as 'ever 6 FSM' £935, LAC and post-LAC £2,300 and Pupils recorded as 'ever 6 service' children £300.
The grant is targeted at narrowing the attainment gap for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds compared to pupils from non-disadvantaged backgrounds. The funds available are used to provide interventions such as one-to-one tuition, reading recovery and specialist interventions using external agencies.