Pupil premium

Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools in England to tackle disadvantage and close the attainment gap between eligible pupils and their peers.

The premium for 2019 to 2020

In the 2019 to 2020 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
  • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

Schools will also receive £2,300 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as having left local authority care because of one of the following:

  • adoption
  • Special Guardianship Order (SGO)
  • Child Arrangements Order (CAO) – formally known as a Residence Order (RO)

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £2,300 rate.

Children who have been in local authority care for 1 day or more also attract £2,300 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils is managed by the Virtual School Head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child.

Use of Pupil Premium Plus is recorded on the Personal Education Plan and is linked to specific target(s) on the plan. Children and young people educated in Bracknell Forest but looked after by another local authority have their Pupil Premium paid through the authority that looks after them, not Bracknell Forest.

Funding for pupils that are adopted is paid directly to schools for schools to use. Parents and guardians need to self-declare their child’s status to the school where their child is on roll. 

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, children must:

  • be living in England
  • have been adopted from care in England and Wales, or
  • have left care in England and Wales under a SGO or CAO

Claiming the Pupil Premium

Schools will not necessarily be aware that they have adopted, SGO or CAO children on roll.

If your child meets the eligibility criteria and you would like your school to claim the pupil premium, you should inform the school of your child’s status, confirm your child was in local authority care in England or Wales, and provide evidence. For example, a copy of the adoption order.

In order for schools to receive funding children need to be recorded as eligible on the school census.

The school census for recording pupil premium is in January.

Parents and guardians will need to self-declare again if their child moves school. If the child does not change schools they will continue to attract Pupil Premium funding.

Parents and guardians will need to ensure that they self-declare to their child’s new school by the January school census date prior to their child’s move. This will ensure schools are able to access funding from the child’s start date.

Payment of the Pupil Premium

Schools will receive funding for pupils who are recorded on the January School Census in the following financial year.

For example, eligible pupils recorded on the January 2017 School Census will qualify for premium funding from April 2016 to March 2017 (that is the 2016-17 financial year).

Post-16 education and the Pupil Premium

There is no premium in post-16 education.

The pupil premium is additional funding for schools and they attract it for eligible pupils between Reception and Year 11.