Introduced in April 2011, the pupil premium grant gives schools extra funding to raise the achievement of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11. In 2012–13 schools were allocated a total of £1.25 billion funding for children from low-income families who were eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces
From April 2012 the Pupil Premium was extended to include children who had been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (FSM ‘Ever 6’)
The DfE guidelines state:
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