|Published Pupil Premium Strategy Sept18|
National research shows that children who have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.
The Government believes that the pupil premium, which in addition to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Source DfE website