Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and it is a funding scheme to raise achievement for disadvantaged students. Schools are allocated funding for children from low-income families who are eligible for free school meals, looked after children or those from families with parents in the Armed Forces. Schools use this money to raise achievement and improve outcomes for these students.
Year 7 Catch-up Premium
In 2015, the literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each year 7 student who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. Due to the change away from levels in 2016, the DfE has confirmed that schools will receive the same total amount of Year 7 catch-up premium funding as they received in 2015/16, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of the Year 7 cohort, based on the October 2016 census.
It is provided to all state-funded schools with a year 7 cohort, including special schools, alternative provision (AP) settings and pupil referral units (PRUs).