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Last reviewed on 10 February 2021
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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 the extra pupil premium funding, at the following rates:

Type of pupil

Pupil premium per pupil 2021-22

Pupils in reception to year 6 recorded as 'ever 6 free school meals (FSM)' (we explain what this means in the next section)


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


Looked after children (LAC)




Service children recorded as 'ever 6' or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence


This is set out in the 2020-21 conditions of grant from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) - the 2021-22 version hasn't been published yet, but the DfE has confirmed that the per pupil funding rates will remain the same as for the previous year.

Ever 6 FSM

For 2021-22, pupils will be

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