The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is a Government initiative that started in April 2011 and it targets support for pupils who are at risk of becoming disadvantaged as learners due to deprivation. Disadvantaged learners are children who have limited funding or opportunity to access the same learning, social, physical or emotional experiences as their peers without additional support being put in place. How the funding is spent is down to each individual school to decide and schools must demonstrate how it has been used in order to support the eligible pupils in reaching their full potential.
The Government has used pupils entitled to ‘Free School Meals’ (FSM) and service children (HM Forces) as an indicator for the Pupil Premium Grant.
They have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for free school meals (or who have been registered for free school meals within the last 6 years – known as ‘Ever 6’), as ‘Looked After’ children (LAC), as children who have been adopted from care (AFC) and as Armed Forces Service children.