The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. From September 2013, the pupil premium is worth £900 and goes to students currently in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM). Students in care, who have been looked after by local authorities for more than six months also continue to qualify for the Pupil Premium. Students whose parents are in the armed forces are also entitled to a Service Premium of £300 from September 2013.
From 2012-13, the Government has extended its reach to cover any child that has been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) in the past six years (known as Ever6/E6)