The Government allocates Pupil Premium funding to schools, for children who are entitled to free school meals (FSM).
The purpose of the funding is to raise the attainment of FSM students and help to diminish the difference in attainment between FSM and non-free school meal students nationally. From September 2014, these pupils became known as disadvantaged pupils.
Pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years qualify for Pupil Premium. From September 2016, these pupils are known as Disadvantaged – FSM6.
A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.