The Pupil premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel. In 2014 this also included pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
Schools are free to spend the pupil premium as they see fit. However, they are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. They are required to publish information about how they have used the premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the premium and the extra support they receive.