What are the barriers to learning in our school?
Meredith Infant School serves a diverse community where deprivation is high. There are many complex barriers towards learning that pupils need support to overcome. We mainly support our disadvantaged pupils by raising the quality of the teaching they receive. This also includes that our curriculum powerfully addresses social disadvanatge. Next, we target funding on training additional support staff in proven interventions that support raising speaking and listening, reading and maths attainment. This is supported by experts such as a resident Speech and Language Therapists. Lastly, we safeguard children from being exposed to wider barriers to their learning (such as poverty factors, housing problems, parenting problems, etc). Again, this is through the support of experts which this year include a school nurse and Multi Agency Behavioural Support parent drop ins (MABS).
What is Pupil Premium Funding?
Pupil Premium is a sum of money allocated to schools each year to narrow attainment gaps between pupils from low-income families and their peers. Pupil Premium is allocated to the school and is generated by children:
- Who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM)
- Who have been ‘looked after’ continuously by a local authority for more than 6 months
- Children from service families (known as the Service Premium)
- Children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years
This money is for schools to decide how to use but should be spent in order to improve educational attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds. The pupil premium has the potential to have a great impact on the attainment and future life chances of pupils.
Currently we receive, £1320 per pupil eligible for free school meals, £1900 for children looked after by the Local Authority and £300 for service children.