The Coalition government have introduced the ‘Pupil Premium’ to help “address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers”. The Pupil Premium is ‘additional’ to main school funding and is designed to ensure that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Children from low-income families who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months receive the Pupil Premium
The level of the premium is £900 per pupil in 2014-15.
The Pupil Premium Toolkit
Researchers at Durham University have developed an independent resource (funded by the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation) which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.
The Toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research. It currently covers 21 topics, each summarised in terms of their potential impact on attainment, the strength of the evidence supporting them, their cost, and their applicability.