What is Pupil Premium?

Meridian Primary School continues to receive a Pupil Premium Grant from the government. This is for each child who is currently entitled to a Free School Meal (FSM) or has been entitled over the last 6 years, and for any Looked After Children. We want to ensure that these potentially vulnerable children receive the best support possible and our strategy is underpinned by our school values.

Our key focus is to challenge any inequalities which may exist and close the achievement gap between children who are disadvantaged and those who are not, thereby improving children’s life chances.

Aspirational for each and every child in our school, we work hard to ensure the inclusion of all children and to accelerate progress for our pupil premium children. To this end we strive to nurture the children in our care and use current research and evidence to creatively explore new and innovative ways to support both their social and emotional development and their learning.

How do we use our Pupil Premium grant?

We allocate the pupil premium funding to the activities that are most likely to have an impact on improving achievement and draw on research and evidence to make spending decisions. There are four areas on which we focus -
1. Staff training and development to improve quality first and targeted teaching
2. Targeted interventions within and outside the classroom to accelerate children’s progress in identified areas
3. Engaging families, mentoring children and supporting their social and emotional development to remove barriers to learning
4. Resources and activities which enable access to the curriculum and enrichment for children.

The impact of our 2014-15 Pupil Premium grant and plans for 2015-16

We are particularly proud of the progress that disadvantaged children make during their time with us at Meridian. Attainment for FSM children has risen over the last 3 years. By the time they leave us at end of Year 6, these children now attain above similar children nationally and in line with all children nationally.

Please click on the link for details of how we used our grant in 2014-15, how it contributed towards outcomes for our children and our plans for 2015-16.