Spending the pupil premium

Read guidance on how you must allocate pupil premium funds, including FAQs on what you can and can't spend it on. Download and distribute our intervention request form to help you make sure your funding is spent effectively.

Last reviewed on 7 March 2022
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Can I spend the pupil premium on ...

Activities for all pupils?


There's no minimum number of eligible pupils needed as part of the activity for it to be a valid spending of the grant. However, you shouldn’t direct the funding towards a different subset of pupils, such as those with special educational needs or low-attainers.

You also don't need to:

  • Spend an equal amount on each eligible child
  • Spend a child's allocation on that child alone

Employing teachers and support staff?


Groups taught by these staff members don't have to include a minimum number of eligible pupils.

More than 1/4 of schools surveyed by Ofsted in 2012 (see page 11) had used some or all of the pupil premium to fund new or existing teachers, and over 40% used it to pay for teaching assistants.

School meals?

Funding for free school meals (FSM) is provided through the dedicated