The government provides publicly-funded secondary schools with ring-fenced funding to spend on their disadvantaged pupils (statistically likely to under-achieve through no fault of their own). As such, schools are obliged to report how they spent these funds in the previous academic year and the impact made.
Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:
Generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
Often do not perform as well as their peers
The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve. The current level of pupil premium funding is £955 per pupil for secondary pupils.