Pupil Premium

Nicol Mere School is one of the few schools to be identified as a system leader for pupil premium and provides support in best practice to other schools.

Pupils entitled to pupil premium are:

  • Looked After
  • Free School Meals
  • Children of parents in the “forces”

What Is The Pupil Premium?

“The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”

…from the DFE website.

At Nicol Mere School, we use economies of scale to pool the Pupil Premium money to benefit the whole cohort of disadvantaged pupils where and if it is needed. 

Between April 2015 and March 2016, Nicol Mere School received £164,000 to spend. Nicol Mere in 2016/17 received £164,538 to spend. The pupil premium allocation for 2017-18 was £156,000. The funding was spent on staffing, beyond the normal teaching day, to increase our adult/pupil ratio, so that we could deliver focused intervention support, usually within key literacy and numeracy areas. £132,000 will be spent on extra teachers and TAs, £2000 spent on general resources, £14,000 spent on learning resources, £2000 spent on IT equipment and £5000 spent on trips. The pupil premium allocation for 2018-19 is approximately £160,000.

A wide range of intervention groups took place every day both before and after school. These were run by teachers and teaching assistants.

Last year the pupil premium funding was spent in a similar way to how it is being spent this year.

All distinct groups of children, including disadvantaged children and “looked after pupils,” are tracked closely and evidence shows that they make good or outstanding progress. The ASP (the old RAISEONLINE) document confirms that Nicol Mere makes a great impact in “narrowing the gap” for disadvantaged children. The attainment of pupil premium pupils at Nicol Mere is significantly greater than the national average.

Impact and Barriers

When pupils eligible for pupil premium enter Nicol Mere in Reception, they are usually below age related expectations. There is usually a gap between the school’s disadvantaged pupils and the “other” children. Over time, the gap narrows, and by the end of Y2 it has closed. By Y6 the impact of the pupil premium grant has reduced the gap further. KS2 data shows there is usually little or no gap by the end of Y6. Generally, attendance for pupil premium pupils is lower than "others" and this is one of the barriers we work on constantly to ensure these pupils are in school and ready to learn. We interrogate data from school records and other sources e.g. Ofsted dashboard to find levels of absence and persistent absence. To address this, we 1) regularly let parents know if we have concerns about their child's absence 2) invite them in to discuss the concerns and offer any help e.g. start well 3) we enforce fines (as limited as they are due to being a community school and governed by the LA) 4) we run a successful reward system 5) have a weekly class attendance award. The impact of our work is that at the end of Year 6, the gap between these two groups of pupils is narrowed in terms of school attendance.

Nicol Mere School’s disadvantaged pupils attain higher than those nationally and higher than ‘all’ pupils nationally.  This is achieved through targeted support groups given to pupil premium pupils in every year group by teachers and T.As. We use our provision mapping programme to target specific groups of children.

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure

2016 Cohort 58% PP

Nicol Mere PP Pupils 79% 92% 96% 100%
National All Pupils 66% 74% 70% 72%

2017 Cohort 38% PP

Nicol Mere PP Pupils 93% 93% 93% 100%
National All Pupils 77% 76% 75% 77%


The review date for pupil premium strategy is October 2018