From next year, the Pupil Premium will rise to £900 per student, which is an increase of around 50 per cent.
The Pupil Premium is available for every child eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the past six years, as well as children in care, who have been looked after for six months.
Statistics show that just over a third (35 per cent) of students receiving FSM in 2011 achieved five good GCSE grades, compared with 62 per cent of other pupils, and the Pupil Premium is designed to help those in teaching jobs to reduce this gap.
Commenting on the improved package for disadvantaged students, schools minister David Laws said: "After just one year, many schools are already telling us that the Pupil Premium is making a difference.
"This extra funding will help schools provide the extra support children and young people need to reach their full potential."
Posted by Theo Foulds