The Department for Education (DfE) provides additional funding, known as Pupil Premium, in order that specific groups of pupils aged between 4 and 16 years, who may be disadvantaged by virtue of their family circumstances, can be supported in their progress and attainment.
In the 2023-2024 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years:
£1455 for pupils in reception year to year 6
Schools will also receive £2,530 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as having left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
If a child 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 £2530 rate. Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £2530 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils is managed by the virtual school head in the local-authority that looks after the child.