The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools on the basis of: children from low-income families who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM); those who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years; those adopted from local authority care; and those who are currently 'looked after'. Pupils from service families are also eligible for another strand of the pupil premium funding
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they are accountable for how the additional funding is used to support pupils from low-income families. Funding is allocated for the financial year, but schools report on its use and impact based on the academic year.
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