Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?  The National Picture

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011.  It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals and those children in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds.  For example, national figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for Free School Meals are around twice as likely not to achieve Level 4 in maths and English as other 11 year olds. 

Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals or who have been eligible at any time in the previous six years and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months.

The level of the Pupil Premium in 2011-12 was £488 per pupil. It has increased to £623 per pupil in 2012-13 and to £900 per pupil in the financial year 2013 - 14. The funding is given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent. 

The Pupil Premium at Meanwood

At Meanwood, we are committed to ensuring all our children make the best possible progress.  We track the achievements of every child on a regular basis and do all we can to make sure each child achieves their potential.  We also have a duty to ensure that no group of children are disadvantaged due to their gender, ethnic origin or family income or background. 

We are well staffed at Meanwood and children in all year groups learn in classes where the staff team includes a teacher and a number of support staff.  Children are familiar with working in groups of different sizes, at different times of the day, with different adults.  Children of all abilities have the opportunity to work on a 1:1 basis or in a small group with an adult.  Within this type of organisation, we do give children extra support when they need it. 

The Pupil Premium funding has allowed us to continue and extend what we already do - to monitor children's progress and to give additional support when required. Children are certainly not singled out or stigmatised for getting some extra attention and we would never label a child in front of other children for receiving free school meals or being in care.


In the 2013 – 14 financial year, we are receiving £171,000 Pupil Premium funding.   At Meanwood, we receive Pupil Premium funding for 51% of pupils. 




Buy in a Speech Therapist one day a week


1:1 or small group additional support led by a teacher for target children who are making slow progress.


Buy in an additional 5 Educational Psychologist visits


Offer free breakfast club places to target children where there are issues with attendance, punctuality or welfare.


Enhance the curriculum with more trips, visitors, workshops and events in order to maximise children’s engagement in school and develop their general knowledge, language and social skills. 

£1000 per year group per term.

£24,000 total

Two Learning Mentors to provide targeted support to children with social, emotional and behavioural needs and support for parenting, eg 1:1 support or classes.   Multi-agency support, eg CAF, led by learning mentor.


One day’s writing workshop per KS2 class led by a children’s author.

(£350 x 8)


Release time provided by in-house Level 4 TA cover to allow teachers to share good practice with colleagues in order to increase the proportion of good and outstanding lessons.  School improvement focus on feedback with release time available for staff to refine their practice and give effective feedback to children. Release time also required every 6 weeks for pupil progress meetings focussed on tracking children’s progress, planning and evaluating the impact of interventions.

£44,777 (2 x L4 TAs)

High quality focussed intervention led by Level 4 TAs to give target children additional support with basic skills in phonics, reading, writing and maths.

1:1 reading support led by a TA for targeted children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

20 hours per week L1 TA £10,552

New phonics based reading scheme books and new library books to set up lending library and for use in school.


Invest in additional ICT equipment, eg Kindles, I-Pads and purchase apps and licences for multiple users.


Subsidised places for children whose families are unable to pay the full cost of a residential trip at the start of Year 6.


If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child, please speak to the headteacher.

If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals, please fill in a claim form.  Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school.