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Pupil Premium and Service Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged and service pupils and narrow any attainment and progress gaps between them and their peers.

The Disadvantage Premium

The money received by the school is based on the number of pupils who are currently in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM), pupils who have been in receipt of Free School Meals at any time in the past six years (Ever 6), Looked After Children and those adopted from care or who leave care under a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (formerly known as a residence order).

National data shows that students who fall into these categories make less progress at school than their peers and subsequently do less well in external examinations such as GCSE’s. The aim of this element of the Pupil Premium is to try and close this attainment gap. The money is invested in your son’s education and included in a school’s budgeting plans for the year.

At Carre’s we have a lower proportion of disadvantaged students when compared with most other schools but we are nevertheless committed to ensuring that they make just as good progress as any other pupils in the school.

We are required to publish how much Pupil Premium money we receive and how we have chosen to spend that money. We are also required to publish the results for pupils in receipt of FSM compared to their peers.

What is the Service Premium?

The service premium is designed to support children with parents serving in the regular British armed forces.
Pupils attract the premium of £335 per year if they meet the following criteria:

  • one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces, including pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full-time reserve service - this includes pupils with a parent who is in the armed forces of another nation and is stationed in England
  • registered as a ‘service child’ on any school census in the past 6 years
  • one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the pupil is in receipt of a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions

Service children are supported in the same way as Pupil Premium Students, although rather than dealing with cases of financial hardship, the fund exists to support the students in other ways. The fund is allocated by the school, monies are not allocated directly to students.

Last year in school the money was used to:

  • support the work of the school’s pastoral team to provide help and guidance for students and their parents during times of family transition, such as when a parent is on a posting.
  • provide additional academic mentoring and ‘catch up’ support for service children if they need it when they first arrive at the school after the start of Year 7. This is in recognition of any potential problems they may experience when adapting to new subject options and/ or examination specifications.
  • Forge links between the armed services and the school community for example taking part in team building days and the school’s participation in the armed services flag raising ceremony.

DFE Funding levels 2023/24

Category Funding per child

Disadvantaged Pupils (FSM/FSM6)


Service Premium


Looked after Children and Adopted from Care