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Merley First School

Pupil Premium, Sports Premium and Catch up Funding

What is Pupil Premium Funding?

The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and those now adopted but formerly looked after. Since 2012, funding has been extended to include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any time within the last 6 years. Nationally, statistics have shown that students who are in receipt of FSM do less well than their peers in external exams. The aim of this money is to try to close that attainment gap. All schools are required to publish, on their websites, what funding they have received and how the money is being spent. Please refer below for details of how we spend the Pupil Premium at Merley First School.

Eligibility for Pupil Premium, and Impact of Funding Click on the links at the bottom of this page:

  • A parent friendly introduction to Pupil Premium and Service Premium, including details of how to apply; Pupil Premium Grants Parent information pack
  • An explanation of the purpose behind Pupil Premium funding, and information on how schools are funded. Government Pupil Premium Information

How much Pupil Premium funding do we receive?

2015–16: £7020
2016–17: £25056
2017-18: £30780

Use of Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium funding comes directly into school. It is based on the number of children registered as eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at the moment and in the past six years, together with the number of pupils who are either currently ‘looked after’ or formerly ‘looked after’ and now adopted. It is not in any way assumed that all children eligible for the Pupil Premium are low-attaining or making poor progress. We consider how best to support the learning and access to all aspects of education for all categories of children, including those that are higher attaining in addition to those who have barriers to learning.

Potential barriers faced by eligible children Eligible pupils may face some of the following challenges:

  • Barriers to learning in one or more curriculum area which may or may not  result from a Special Educational Need
  • Lack of self-confidence or self-esteem in learning
  • Difficulties with making friends and establishing secure relationships with adults
  • A lack of resources to engage fully with the wider life of the school, including extra-curricular clubs, educational visits, instrumental tuition etc.
  • Families may need support for a number of different reasons some of which may affect their capacity to support children’s learning at home

How We Measure Impact

  • We assess the impact of our interventions in the following ways:
  • Progress in learning measured against EYFS or National Curriculum developmental or age-related milestones;
  • Progress in specifically targeted areas such as reading, spelling and numeracy using standardised assessments;
  • Progress in phonics and spelling against age related expectations in terms of numbers of sounds and words encoded and decoded accurately;
  • Progress with emotional literacy interventions is measured in terms of readiness to access the full curriculum. For children who require a more intensive nurture-based approach, specific profiling tools are used and these measure progress over time.

How Do Pupils at Merley First School in Receipt of Pupil Premium Funding Achieve?

The information below shows the % of pupils in Y2 at or above national expectations. These are teacher assessment figures showing the % of pupils achieving the nationally expected standard in all of reading, writing and mathematics.                                

  Whole School Pupil Premium Eligible
2012-13 95% 100% (1 child)
2013-14 Reading/Writing 97%, Maths 98%  100% (2 children)
2014-15 Reading 93%/Writing 92%/Maths 98% 100% (1 child)
2015-16 Reading 91%/Writing 67%/Maths 73% 66% (3 children)
2016-17 Reading 95%/Writing  77%Maths 90% Reading 50%, Writing , 25%Maths 50% ( 4 children )
2017-18 Reading 94%/Writing  82%Maths 89% Reading 67%, Writing , 42%Maths 42% ( 12 children )
2018-19 Reading 74.9% Writing 66.7% Maths 71.7% Reading 33% Writing 33% Maths 33% (3 children)

Review of Pupil Premium Spending in 2018-19

An analysis of last years spending can be found below in the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement Nov 2019

Proposed Pupil Premium Spending (Sept 2019 – July 2020)

Merley First School spends its Pupil Premium in ways which are designed to have maximum impact in reducing barriers faced by eligible children (a copy of the strategy can be found below).

In 2018-19:

Total number of pupils on roll (November 2019): 306  Number of pupils eligible for full Pupil Premium: 24 Number of pupils eligible for Armed Services PP: 6

Total Pupil Premium funding for 2019-20: £36400

Pupil Premium Strategy Review

This strategy will be reviewed in November 2020 

Primary Sports Funding

At Merley First School, we believe that physical education is a vital part of every child’s First School experiences, and physical well-being for every learner is given high priority within our School Aims.

We want to see every child develop and grow in physical confidence and dexterity, and participate in a range of physical educational opportunities, including competitive sport. Above all else, we aim for our children to develop an enjoyment of physical activity and an understanding of how to live a healthy lifestyle.

We are fortunate to have, in our school grounds, an excellent environment for outdoor physical education, and we offer a range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities to inspire all of our children to participate fully.

We welcome the government’s commitment to sport in primary schools through the School Sport Premium. This funding is given to schools to promote sport as part of the Olympics ‘inspire a generation’ message.

We have used the documents published by the Ofsted and the DfE  to support us in assessing and auditing our provision of PE and identifying how to spend our Premium.

Schools are free to determine how best to use the funding to improve the quality and breadth of P.E. and sport provision, so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.

For the academic year 2018-19, Merley First School received a budget of £18,400 in Sports Premium funding.The planned use of the PE and school sport funding at Merley First School has been extremely effective in improving and sustaining high quality teaching and learning of PE and sports provision.

Please find below a link to information regarding the impact of Primary Sports Funding at Merley First School.