Schools in England could be allowed to alter their admissions policy to give priority to the most disadvantaged children in their area.
The government has drawn up a consultation on the admissions code which could give youngsters who are eligible for the pupil premium first choice on school places.
Academies and free schools are already able to give priority to the most disadvantaged, but the government wants to extend this option to all state schools.
In 2014-15, the pupil premium will be worth an annual £1,300 for primary school pupils and £935 for secondary school students.
The consultation says: "These changes are consistent with the government's social-mobility agenda and will allow schools the opportunity to support the least advantaged in society in a practical way."
According to the consultation, there will be no legal requirement for schools to prioritise those eligible for the pupil premium, but they will be given the freedom to decide whether or not to do so.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels