The funding we receive includes an allocation of pupil premium (government funding to boost achievement for specific pupils).
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium (PP) was introduced in April 2011. It is additional funding provided by the Government for eligible pupils, to boost achievement. It is allocated to children from lower income families who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and for children from families that are in the Armed Forces.
From April 2015 schools, pre-schools and nurseries can also claim funding called Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) that supports children’s early learning and development.
How should schools use Pupil Premium?
Schools are free to choose how they allocate their Pupil Premium funding. However it must be used to support pupils from lower income families and the other target groups detailed above. From September 2012, the government has required schools to publish online information about how they use the Pupil Premium.
How does Merry Hill spend its Pupil Premium?
A large proportion of our funding is spent on staffing. All classroom staff are aware of which children are eligible for the Pupil Premium and they provide additional, regular and targeted support for these children. This can include support in the classroom and also through interventions. We also employ a Forces Liaison Mentor who provides pastoral support for our Forces children and their families and runs our Forces Club. In addition, we use the services of The South West Herts Partnership, which provides family workers who can support parents and children in school and at home.
Each year, the school will produce a Pupil Premium Action Plan that outlines how the Pupil Premium funding will be spent for that year. It may be spent in different ways each year, depending on the school’s priorities and individual needs of the children.
You can see our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for the last two years by clicking the links below:
At the end of the school year, Merry Hill produces a Pupil Premium Impact Report to show the impact that this funding has had on the priorities identified in the Action Plan.
You can see our latest Pupil Premium Impact Report for 2019-20 by clicking on the link above: