Schools are given Pupil Premium funding for 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.
Looked-after children were also eligible for Pupil Premium, however, in 2013, the DfE introduced Pupil Premium Plus, for looked-after and previously looked-after children. This recognises the impact of trauma and loss in children’s lives and the key role of schools in supporting children who have had a difficult start in life. This money is sent direct to the school or academy who determine how it will be used to benefit the eligible children.
Who decides how PPP is spent?
It’s up to the school to decide how PP and PPP for previously looked after children is spent, although the DfE has states that it is good practice to consult parents and guardians when deciding. Some schools consult with individual parents and guardians, while others invite adopters and special guardians to consultations or task groups.
Schools must act transparently and publish details of their PPP spending on their websites. We strongly recommend that schools separate their Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus spending, since the needs of the two groups are different.
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.