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The Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. It is allocated to schools based on the number of children who come from low-income families – this is defined as those who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals.

It also includes:

  • pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years
  • children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months

This is one of the current coalition government’s key education policies. It’s based on findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.