Jim Murphy (East Renfrewshire, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children were eligible for the service pupil premium in each (a) region, (b) parliamentary constituency and (c) local authority area in 2011-12; and what estimate he has made of the equivalent figures for 2012-13.
Sarah Teather (Minister of State (Children and Families), Education; Brent Central, Liberal Democrat)
The pupil premium was introduced in England in April 2011 and allocations have so far been made for the 2011-12 financial year only. Pupil premium funding is provided in respect of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM), children in care who have been continuously looked after for at least six months and children whose parents are serving in the armed forces.
In England there were 45,070 pupils on the January 2011 school census recorded as service children who have received the service premium to date. Tables providing a breakdown of the service premium by region, local authority and parliamentary constituency have been placed in the House Libraries. The full breakdown of the pupil premium for 2011-12 can be found on the following website;
As with the pupil premium, the service premium allocations for 2012-13 will be based on pupil numbers as recorded in the January 2012 school census which are not yet available. The 2012-13 pupil premium has been estimated using pupil numbers from the January 2011 censuses. We do not therefore have any estimates on numbers of service children at regional, local authority or parliamentary constituency level. The 2012-13 pupil premium indicative allocation based on January 2011 numbers can be found on the following website;