This is additional funding given to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units.
Funding for 2016 to 2017
In the 2016 to 2017 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:
- £1,300 for primary-aged pupils
- £935 for secondary-aged pupils
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each looked-after pupil who:
- has been looked after for 1 day or more
- was adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under:
A special guardianship order
A residence order
For Resource Bases:
They are funded as a mainstream school with elements 1 and 2 but the top up is a pre-agreed top up funding.
For Special Schools and Independent Schools:
Each school gets base funding of £10k per pupil based on role number. This comes from High Needs Block Funding money. The Top up funding for special schools is different for schools depending on the needs of the children.
Independent Schools are funded by the money in the High Needs Block Funding.