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 or adopted from Local Authority care and children of armed service personnel. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.
At Meadlands Primary School, Pupil Premium funding is used to create and enhance further learning experiences for pupils from Nursery to Year 6. Many activities are planned to support school improvement priorities. Activities are based on a thorough evaluation of what steps must next be taken to increase opportunity and maximize experiences for our pupils, so that they are ambitious for their future lives and develop the skills needed to ensure success. At Meadlands, we dream big and our dreams for our children in receipt of the PPG funding have resulted in exceptional outcomes:
OFSTED 2016. “Teachers identify early those children who need extra help to keep up with their peers and provide well-planned support. Differences between how well groups of pupils learn are small in most year groups and increasingly diminishing…Differences between the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and others are diminishing by the end of Year 2 and have disappeared by the end of Year 6.”
Cathy Clarke, School Improvement Partner. January 2018. “National SAT (School Assessment Tests) are completed at the end of Year 6. The results demonstrate that PPG funding is having a direct impact on children’s outcomes. We can demonstrate that the gap is closing. “Practice to support PPG pupils at Meadlands is strong and effective.”
And here are the outcomes: In 2016-17 100% of PPG children in Year 1 passed the national phonic test; by the end of KS2 the progress measures for PPG children at Meadlands was in line or higher than the national average figures for non-PPG children. This demonstrates the success of the funding as we close the progress and attainment gap, ensuring all children are well prepared and ready for the next stage in their education.
Please see funding allocation and impact reports, as well as Achieving for Children reports for each of the following academic years: