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Protect the pupil premium

Last updated: 10:49am 11 January 2019

We will continue to protect the Pupil Premium to support those who need it.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.51

Our verdict

The pupil premium is a grant given by government to publicly funded schools with the aim of decreasing the gap between disadvantaged students and their peers. It was introduced in 2011 at £488 per pupil. The government conducted a schools census in January 2018 and based the current amount of the pupil premium on its results.

The pupil premium has been protected and in some cases has increased compared to 2017-2018. For students in primary schools, the pupil premium is £1320. It is £935 for secondary schools. This is unchanged from 2017-2018. The pupil premium plus rate increased from £1,900 to £2,300 for 2018-2019.

The government has maintained the pupil premium since the election, so this promise has been fulfilled. If that changes we will reconsider this, but for now we’re marking it as ‘done’.

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