Last reviewed on 27 January 2022
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Learn which categories of pupils are eligible for pupil premium funding, and find out more about each category. These include 'ever 6 FSM', 'looked-after children' and 'service children'.

Eligible groups

5 categories of pupils are eligible for pupil premium funding, at the following rates:

Pupil category

Pupil premium per pupil 2021-22

Pupils in reception to year 6 recorded as 'ever 6 free school meals (FSM)'


Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as 'ever 6 FSM'


Looked-after children (LAC)




Pupils in reception to year 11 recorded as 'ever 6 service children' or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence


This is set out in the conditions of grant for the 2021-22 financial year, published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Read on for more detail about each category.

The way the funding is calculated has changed

For 2021-22, this means that pupils who became eligible between the October 2020 census and the January 2021 census won't attract the funding. However, pupil referral units (PRUs)