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Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential and close the gap between them and their peers. 

2021-2022 Funding


Who are disadvantaged pupils?

  • Ever 6 FSM – pupils who, in the past 6 years, have been eligible for free school meals (FSM).

  • Children Looked After (CLA) previously referred to as 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 or children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangement order or a residence order

  • Ever 6 Service Children – children whose parents have been in the armed services during the previous 6 years or a child in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.


For the financial Year 2021-22, School will receive the following funding:

  • £955 for every ‘Ever 6 FSM’ pupil

  • £2,345 for each CLA through the Pupil Premium Plus Grant (PPG+).

  • £310 for Ever 6 Service Children.



The Government believes Head Teachers and School Leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:

  • Performance tables which show the performance of these pupils compared with their peers.

  • The Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium.

  • Schools also have a statutory requirement to document their intended Pupil Premium spend and impact of the previous year’s spend on their website.


Pupil Premium at Smithills School

Research shows that students from low social, economic backgrounds underachieve compared to their peers. The Pupil Premium grant is provided to enable these students to be supported to reach their potential.