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Mersea Island School

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium and Disadvantaged Pupils

The Pupil Premium Plan for this year and the report for last year can be found below.  Our Pupil Premium Strategy is reviewed at the end of each academic year.  We are constantly tracking and analysing pupil progress and attainment to secure the best possible outcomes.  A great deal of time and effort is also invested to ensure pupils' social and emotional needs are being met and nurtured.  Given the last two years, we continue to work hard to swiftly identify gaps in learning and tailor support, resources and our approach to ensure the gap is narrowed between our Pupil Premium pupils and other pupils. 

The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to children from low-income families who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel. This includes pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure). Research shows that these pupils underachieve compared to their peers. The Pupil Premium Grant is provided to schools in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential.

 

The range of ways we support disadvantaged children includes:

  • Quality first teaching in class
  • Targeted teaching – focused feedback and teaching from teachers and learning support assistants
  • 1:1 support
  • Additional small group work
  • Half termly mentoring meetings with the class teacher, to which parents are invited
  • Financial support for visits and events
  • Financial support for school uniform
  • Strategies implemented to address and improve attendance
  • Support and signposting to other agencies for pupils with emotional needs
  • Purchasing specific resources

Summary of barriers sometimes faced by pupils eligible for Pupil Premium, these often include:

  • Motivation or "availability to learn" 
  • Social and cultural barriers
  • Social, emotional, mental and physical health
  • Personal issues that can affect learning
  • Attendance and engagement

We are able to share some of the impact of the additional support for 2021 – 2022

  • In Year 1 87.5% (7 out of 8) Pupil Premium pupils passed the 2022 Phonics Screening compared to 85.71% (24 out of 28) of non – Pupil Premium pupils.

 

  • In Year 4 80% of our Pupil Premium pupils scored over 80% on the MTC.

 

  • This academic year, Year 2 pupils made greater progress than their peers in reading and writing and made comparable progress in maths.

Year 2

Reading

Writing

Maths

PP

6.8

6.3

6.1

Non-PP

5.9

5.5

6.1

 

  • This academic year, Year 6 pupils made greater progress than their peers in reading, writing and maths.

Year 6

Reading

Writing

Maths

PP

7.7

7.0

7.3

Non-PP

6.0

5.9

5.9

At the end of the summer term, we will be in a position to share further successes from across our whole school.

Attendance

Between April and May, the attendance % of Pupil Premium pupils increased.

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