Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium

  • Pupil Premium

    What is the Pupil Premium?

    Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.

    Is your child eligible for Pupil Premium funding?

    There are currently four types of Pupil Premium allocation:

    • Pupil Premium (Ever6);
    • Pupil Premium LAC
    • Pupil Premium Previously LAC
    • Service Child Premium (Ever6 Service Children).

    In order to receive this additional funding, as a school we are required to provide information to the Department for Education confirming which children meet the government criteria.

    Pupil Premium: £1,385 per eligible pupil

    Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 free school meals (FSM) as well as eligible children with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) pupils in these year groups.

    If your child is eligible for free school meals or has been in the last six years this will generate pupil premium funding. To be eligible for free school meals you must be in receipt of the appropriate benefits and have submitted an application for free school meals to the Local Authority Benefits Team.

    If you qualify for the appropriate benefits, but have chosen not to apply for free school meals, please consider applying. You do not have to take up the free school meal to attract the funding. Free school meals cannot be backdated, so you should only apply if you currently qualify.

    Pupil Premium LAC: £2,410 per pupil

    Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority.

    The LAC premium must be managed by the designated virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child, and used without delay for the benefit of the looked-after child’s educational needs as described in their personal education plan.

    Pupil Premium Previously Looked After Children (PLAC): £2,410 per pupil

    For mainstream and special schools, the pupil premium for 2022 to 2023 will include children recorded in the October 2021 school census who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order).

    Service Child Premium: £320 per eligible pupil

    Service pupil premium is additional funding for schools, but it is not based on disadvantage. It has been combined into pupil premium payments to make it easier for schools to manage their spending.

    Schools get £320 in 2022 to 2023 for every pupil with a parent who:

    • is serving in HM Forces
    • has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence

    This funding is primarily to help with pastoral support. It can also be used to help improve the academic progress of eligible pupils if schools deem this to be a priority.


    Recovery Premium: £145 per eligible pupil

    The recovery premium grant is part of the government’s package of funding to support pupils whose education has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).

    It is a time-limited grant providing over £300m of additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year and £1bn across the 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024 academic years.

    It is focused on pupil premium eligible pupils and pupils in specialist settings such as special schools, special units and pupil referral units (PRUs). This is because of the additional impact of the pandemic on these students.

    However, schools can use it to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting any pupil based on an assessment of individual need. The recovery premium will be allocated using the same data as the pupil premium. This means the following pupils will attract recovery premium funding to schools:

    Pupil eligibility

    Recovery premium allocations for mainstream schools will be based on pupil premium eligibility. This includes:

    • pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), including eligible children of families who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF)
    • pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years
    • children looked after by local authorities, referred to as looked-after children (LAC), and children previously looked after by local authorities, referred to as previously looked-after children (PLAC)

    For other eligible schools, and special educational needs units in mainstream schools, recovery premium allocations for 2022 to 2023 will be based on all pupils registered at the school.

    Pupil Premium Strategy 2023 – 24

    Pupil Premium Strategy 2023/24

    Please click on the link below for the Pupil Premium Strategy in previous years: