Pupil Premium

Since April 2011 schools have been receiving additional funding into the budget to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Nationally, the statistics show that pupils who are in receipt of free school meals (FSM) do less well than their peers. Based upon the January census, it is currently paid to schools according to the number of pupils who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
  • Been in care for 6 months or longer
  • Whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces

The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support these pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’ between their attainment and the attainment of other pupils. As part of our duty to be publically accountable for this additional funding and how we have used this to support pupils from low income families we are required to publish online information about how we have used this Pupil Premium. By doing so this ensures that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they have received to enable this attainment.

At Morley Place Academy:

  • We will implement a range of strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of pupils and remove any potential barriers to inequalities
  • We will ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our pupils
  • We will ensure that the needs of our pupils are adequately assessed and addressed and that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups
  • We recognise that not all pupils who qualify for FSM will be registered. We therefore reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to any pupil or groups of pupils that we can legitimately identify as requiring additional support
  • Funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving FSM will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time


The range of provision the Governors & school may consider include:

  • Providing small group work with an experienced member of staff focused on overcoming gaps in learning
  • 1 to 1 support
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through extra-curricular activities
  • All our work through Pupil Premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in Literacy and Numeracy
  • Pupil Premium resources may also be used to target able children on FSM to achieve L5/6 at the end of KS2
  • The Governors/school will publish information on how they have used their PPG to address the issue of narrowing the gap for socially disadvantaged pupils

Documents relating to Pupil Premium funding and spending can be viewed on our Statutory Information page here.