The pupil premium is a grant given by the government to schools in England to decrease the attainment gap for the most disadvantaged children, whether by income or by family upheaval. 

For each pupil who is eligible for free school meals, or has claimed free school meals in the last six years, schools receives pupil premium funding

In addition to this schools receive an extra premium for pupils:

  • in local authority care
  • adopted from care (and the parent self-declares)
  • were in care in the last year, which ceased by virtue of a special guardianship order (and the guardian self-declares),[2] residence order or Child Arrangement Order.

Service children also receive an allocation if a parent is serving in the armed forces or is in receipt of a service pension.

The schools is required to publish it's strategy for the use of pupil premium funding and this can be found in the PDF document below.