Over the last few years the government has allocated additional money to schools to support students from low-income families. The aim is to narrow the disadvantage gap by addressing inequalities and raising the academic achievement of this particular cohort of students.
The students who attract this funding are 'Looked after Children', services children and those children who have free school meals or have done so in the last six years.
Schools have autonomy to determine how best to use this funding. There is, however, an obligation for all schools to publish, annually, a report on how the pupil premium funding has been spent or is planned to be spent and what has been the impact on pupil premium students' academic performance.