Pupil Premium (free school meals)
What is Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus funding?
Pupil Premium funding comes from the Department for Education and gives schools extra funding to help improve outcomes for disadvantaged children and other pupils who need extra support. It is used to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
It is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), Looked after Children, children adopted from care and Service Forces children. It also includes pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
Pupil Premium funding is sometime referred to as Free School Meals, however currently all children are entitled to a free lunch up to the end of Yr 2, so the funding for disadvantaged children is now know as Pupil Premium Funding.