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Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding available to schools maintained by the local authority, to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

It is allocated to schools for children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and those who are in Local Authority care – ‘Children who are Looked After’ (CLA).

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families.

Main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils:

The main barrier to educational achievement for all of the children at Manor Mead, including those eligible for pupil premium, comes from their severe and complex learning difficulties.

There is a focus on supporting progress for those pupils eligible for pupil premium funding, however ‘non-eligible’ pupils also benefit from the interventions introduced.

How we intend to use Pupil Premium to address those barriers:

We provide a personalised learning programme for all pupils to help them achieve their maximum potential.

To do this we enrich the curriculum with additional activities and provide a wide variety of opportunities for development.  The pupil premium allocation will be put towards funding the Home School Link Worker, providing specialist teaching support and enhanced play and learning through lunch time clubs.  A broad range of children benefit from this provision, including those students with disadvantaged circumstances.

Amount received

For the 2020-21 financial year, Manor Mead has been allocated £22,865 for FSM pupils.  In addition, we have been allocated £1,290 to date for two LAC pupils.

Summary of planned provision 2020-21

Home School Link Worker  -  £10,870 towards the cost of this role 

Employed 5 days per week to support families by signposting services, giving support at meetings, provide guidance re: transitions, liaising with other professionals. To support families in accessing allowances etc. To attend reviews, make referrals, liaise with other provisions. To maintain clear communication links between home and school and to resolve queries. To make home/ hospital visits if students absent due to long term illness. 

Enhanced Play and Learning  -  £3,623 towards this provision

Lunch Clubs, such as Beavers, Cubs, Signing Choir, Football Club and Yoga and additional Midday Supervisors (MDS) to help facilitate structured play and the running of these clubs.

1:1 Individual Teaching Support  -  £9,662 towards this provision

An experienced and skilled teacher is employed for a day a week to support pupils with key elements of their individual learning plans.  Additional support will be specifically focussed on communication. personal and emotional skills, cognitive skills, physical development and independence.  Progress in these areas will be regularly assessed to ensure that the intervention is having the necessary impact. 

How we’ll measure the impact of Pupil Premium.

We use a range of approaches to collect, collate and analyse data on pupil progress, including measuring the impact of pupil premium interventions on attainment for disadvantaged pupils and we are able to evidence the impact through Annual Reviews and P Level progress.  We will also complete and update case studies which will demonstrate the impact of the Pupil Premium for a cross section of pupils. 

The next review of the our Pupil Premium strategy will take place towards the end of the academic year, in June 2021.

Manor Mead School Pupil Premium 2019-2020

Money allocated | £28,752

This money was spent on:

  • Home School Link Worker £10,576
  • Enhanced Play Provision £14,344
  • Individual Teaching Support - £3,832


Home-School Link Worker

The Home-School Link Worker is available to support all families. The HSLW either works directly or has contact with all the families on the identified list of ‘disadvantaged’ pupils.

Examples of impact:

  • Parents have been able to arrange activities for their children as a result of the information sent out by the HSLW about Short Breaks, Playschemes, clubs in their area
  • Parents have successfully applied for allowances as the HSLW has helped them to complete forms and provided supplementary information and letters
  • There has been improved engagement with Social Care and other agencies for some families as the HSLW has attended meetings to support them
  • Supporting vulnerable families to enable them to access provisions and services they are entitled to

Click here to see a case study which illustrates the direct outcomes of the HSLW during 2019-20.


Enhanced Play Provision

The school provided a programme of structured lunchtime clubs, such as Beavers, Cubs, Signing Choir, Football Club and Yoga as well as additional MDS to facilitate structured play and clubs.

Examples of impact:

  • Lunchtime clubs offer children opportunities to experience activities that they may not be able to access outside of school. This has led to integration with children from other schools and therefore important social opportunities.
  • The additional employment of MDS for structured play has enabled opportunities for communication and PSHE development as well as support behaviour where needed. This has meant that certain children are better prepared for classroom learning.

Click here to see a case study which illustrates the direct outcomes of Enhanced Play Provision during 2019-20.


1:1 Individual Teaching Support

An experienced and skilled teacher was employed for a day a week to support pupils with key elements of their individual learning plans. 


The vast majority of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding made above expected or at least expected progress which shows that as a group they are performing well. This is a higher percentage than the rest of the population.