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 and may be extended to include those pupils who have ever had free meal entitlement. This is why it is important to claim your entitlement.
Children who are looked after, care leavers and children of parents serving in the forces are also entitled to premium monies.
The Government believes that the pupil premium is the best way to tackle disadvantage by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who most need it. It is for schools to decide how the premium is spent, with annual accountability.