Introduction to Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and is paid to schools each year by means of a specific grant based on January school census figures. Click for information specific to Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School
Pupil Premium is a sum of money allocated to schools to provide additional support to students who are (or have been at some point in their schooling):
- Children from low-income families who are currently eligible for FSM (Free School Meals).
- Children who have been eligible for FSM in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6’).
- Children in care who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. As from April 2014, children declared on the January 2014 census who have been adopted from care, or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) on or after 30th December 2005, or who left care under a Residence Order (RO) on or after 14th October 1991 (known as “post-LAC”).
- Children from families where one or more parents are currently in the British Armed Forces of the UK. This is known as the Service Child Premium, which includes children whose parents have died in service and are in receipt of pensions under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS
Local authorities are responsible for looked after children in care and make payments where an eligible looked after child is on roll. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools each financial year, but funding unspent at 31st March may be carried forward to the next financial year.
Nationally, there is a gap between students who are identified as Pupil Premium and other students. The additional funding which is allocated to each school for Pupil Premium students is intended to give financial support for a range of intervention in order to reduce that gap in performance.