Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.  Pupil Premium is currently worth £955 for each child of secondary school age who met the criteria. In addition, there is extra funding provided for service children, looked-after children, and children who were previously looked after. On this basis, Willowfield will receive £ 300,825 for the 2022-2023 financial year. In addition, Willowfield will receive £86,112 in recovery funding.



The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.

Pupil premium has also funded Summer School Programmes for disadvantaged pupils to support their transition to secondary schools.


The government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the pupil premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:

  • the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
  • the Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium
  • the reports or online statements for parents that schools have to publish


Details of the arrangements for funding the pupil premium for Willowfield School can be found on the links below.