The Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011 to provide schools with additional funding for pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point during their time at primary school. The purpose of the Pupil Premium funding was to narrow the gap in attainment between children from low income families and their peers as well as to increase the range of opportunities available to them and improve their life chances.
When applying to a Merton school you will be encouraged to complete an application for free school meals. We receive a grant of around £1300 from the government for each child eligible for free school meals and so it is important for parents to complete the application on behalf of the school.
Please follow this link to the online Free School Meals/Pupil Premium checking service to see if you are eligible.
This money is used in a variety of ways to support learning within the school.
Our Pupil Premium for the last academic year (2017 – 2018) was £84,000. We used the Pupil Premium grant in the following way:
Quality of teaching for all
- Developing the English skills of EAL children particularly in the Early Years and Phase 1.
- Whole school training on metacognition and questioning skills.
- Providing interventions for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- Providing 1 to 1 support and an ‘expert coach’ to follow up on learning.
- Booster classes, 1:1 tuition, targeted reading support [Project X]
- Use of trained staff to deliver nurture and 1 to 1 emotional literacy [ELSA] support and counselling.
- Use of outside agencies to develop children’s self-esteem and confidence.
- Artis [drama teacher] to support pupils’ speaking, listening and self-confidence skills.
- Trip to an outdoor learning centre to develop children’s self-esteem [Hindleap Warren].
Other enrichment activities such as residential trips, theatre visits, book clubs, homework club, etc.
The impact of the spending is highlighted in the strategy.