The Pupil Premium is part of the Social Mobility Strategy that aims to tackle unfairness at every stage of life with specific measures to improve social mobility from the foundation years to school and adulthood. A key component of the Social Mobility Strategy is ‘Narrowing the Gap’ along with raising standards in all school and raising aspirations for all children.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the numbers of pupils who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-2013 this will also include pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point within the previous six years. This is to enable additional funds to be available for children from low-income families, who achieve less well, a better start in life, and to make an impact on attainment for those pupils, particularly in English and Mathematics.