Pupil Premium


The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying differences between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel. The Education Funding Agency has set the following Pupil Premium rates for the 2017 – 2018 academic year: 

  • Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £935

  • Looked-after children £1900 

  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority, known as ‘Post LAC’ £1900 

  • Pupils recorded as ‘Ever 6 Service Child’ £300

The Local Context

The catchment area of MEA Central serves a wide spectrum of deprivation. We serve some of the most deprived areas (when compared against national –data) in the local authority. With this in mind we intend to analyse, in detail, our Pupil Premium cohort in an attempt to identify common barriers and any local issues. The complex nature of our cohort means that we cannot assume anything and are not always dealing with obvious or common local barriers.

Therefore, a significant proportion of our work centres around monitoring the progress of our cohort and our ability to act quickly and address emerging needs.

We recognise that our Pupil Premium cohort has a diverse range of aspirations, prior attainment and levels of progress. Some of our brightest and most talented students form part of our Pupil Premium cohort. We have increased our capacity to identify and react on a daily basis and all staff are invested in our school vision of ‘A Fantastic Future for All’, which entails removing any barrier to this.

At the same time, working across a Multi-Academy Trust and by employing staff at all levels who have worked within the local area, we have evidence that points us towards these broad barriers in our catchment area: 

  • A large proportion of students have arrived as International New Arrivals or have English as an Additional Language

  • Poor reading ages

  • Family history of reduced engagement with school life such as attendance at parent consultation evenings  

  • No family history of tertiary education and with this a lack of aspiration towards attending leading universities  

  • Lack of cultural experiences and/or ability to engage with extra-curricular activities and exam preparation  

  • Sudden loss of family income resulting in non-engagement with educational visits and sudden reduced ability to purchase school equipment. 


All of our strategies can be linked to these local issues. 


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