The Pupil Premium is a grant given by the government to schools in England to decrease the attainment gap for the most disadvantaged children, whether by income or by family upheaval. Schools receive additional funding for each pupil who has been eligible for free school meals at any time in the past 6 years.
Schools receive an extra premium for pupils:
- In local authority care
- Adopted from care (and the parent self-declares)
- Were in care in the last year, which ceased by virtue of a special guardianship order (and the guardian self-declares), residence order or Child Arrangement order.
Service children also receive an allocation, if a parent is serving in the armed forces or is in receipt of a service pension.
The Catch Up Premium is additional funding provided to support schools in providing interventions, such as tuition, to help pupils catch up learning they may have missed due to the disruption caused by COVID restrictions.