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, their school receives £955 (if a secondary school).
Schools receive an extra premium of £2,345 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), residence order or Child Arrangement Order.
Service children also receive an allocation of £310, if a parent is serving in the armed forces or is in receipt of a service pension.