In April 2011 the Government introduced the Pupil Premium, which additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. Schools have the freedom to spend this funding as they see fit based upon their knowledge of pupil needs.
The pupil premium is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
For more information on the Support for children through Pupil Premium please go to: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium