Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is an extra budget, additional to main school funding, intended to "help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers" (Department for Education, 2018). It was first introduced by the Government in April 2011 and is paid to the school by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for:


  • Pupils registered as currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or those who have received free school meals in the last six years (Ever 6 FSM);
  • Pupils ‘looked after’ continuously for more than six months (LAC);
  • Children adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order (Post-LAC);
  • Children whose parents are currently serving or have previously served in the Armed Forces or who are in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.


The Pupil Premium is used by Milwards Primary School to address any underlying inequalities and "diminish any difference" in attainment and emotional and social well-being identified for eligible pupils. The funding is used strategically according to need and not "per head" (Gill Jones, Senior HMI, 2013).


Please read the information below, which gives details of our Pupil Premium grant and how we allocate the funding.