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Pupil premium: eligible pupils

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Last updated on 21 December 2016
School types: All · School phases: All
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Which pupils receive pupil premium funding? Pupils eligible for free school meals, looked after children, and children of services personnel are eligible for pupil premium funding. We explain how these categories are defined. We also look at the grant for special schools and alternative provision.

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  1. 1 Pupil premium: conditions of grant
  2. 2 Pupils receiving free school meals
  3. 3 Looked after children
  4. 4 Children of service personnel
  5. 5 Pupils in non-mainstream settings
  6. 6 Are all pupils eligible for the pupil premium considered to be 'disadvantaged'?

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