School Logo

Mersea Island School

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium and Disadvantaged Pupils

The Pupil Premium 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 is provided to schools in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential.

The range of ways we support disadvantaged children includes:

  • Quality teaching in class
  • Targeted teaching – focused feedback and teaching from teachers and teaching 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
  • 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
  • Emotional factors that affect learning
  • Personal issues that can affect learning
  • Attendance 

Success is based on how well the school can narrow the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.


In 2018 - 19 the impact of the additional support included:
  • Increased vocabulary and confidence with comprehension for target groups
  • Early Years pupils made better progress compared to other pupils 7.1 steps progress overall compared to 6.1 steps.
  • The percentage of pupils achieving age related expectations increased in all areas in Year One.
  • Year Two pupils made comparable progress to their peers in reading and writing and rates of progress exceeded their peers in maths.
  • Year Three pupil combined attainment in reading, writing and maths, for those eligible for pupil premium, increased significantly from 29% to 43%.
  • Year Four pupils made better progress in maths than those pupils not eligible for Pupil Premium.
  • Year Five pupil progress in reading was strong at 6.3 steps, increased percentage of pupil premium pupils attaining age related in reading (54% to 77%) and writing (39% to 46%).
  • Year Six pupils made strong progress in reading (6.6 steps) compared to those pupils not eligible for Pupil Premium (6.1 steps) and in writing. 
The Pupil Premium Plan for this year and the report for last year can be found below, along with the Pupil Premium Policy. 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.  The next formal Pupil Premium review will take place in July 2020. A great deal of time and effort is also invested to ensure pupils' social and emotional needs are being met and nurtured. This will be particularly important when pupils make a full return to shool in September, following the period of 'lockdown'.
Given the impact of Covid -19 throughout the academic year 2019-20, we will be working hard in September 20, 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.