The Pupil Premium is an amount of money given to schools so that they can support young people in care.
It should be spent by your school on something that will help you to raise your level of attainment so that you don't fall behind the working levels of your peers who are not in care. This year, the Pupil Premium Plus is £1900 per child and next year it will be £2300. It is sent to the local authority (Leicestershire County Council) who pass on the money to the school or academy attended by a looked after child once it has been agreed what the money is going to be spent on.
Schools are also given funding for children who were previously in care, children who now have, or have had Free School Meals in the last six years and children of people in the armed forces. This money is given straight to schools.
The government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the pupil premium. They must be able to give good reasons for the decisions that they make and show that the money has raised attainment through:
- the performance tables which show how well young people who qualify for pupil premium are doing compared with other young people of their age.
- the Ofsted inspection framework - school inspectors focus on how well different groups of pupils are doing and in particular those who get the pupil premium.
- the reports for parents that schools have to publish online.
You can find out more about the Pupil Premium Grant by clicking on the links below.