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 peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.

Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.


At Shapla Primary School, the Pupil Premium allocation is:

£154,930 (2015 – 2016), £133,320 (2016 – 2017) and £121,697 (2017 – 2018) it is used strategically to ensure maximum impact on attainment, as follows:

  • Learning Mentor support for children in Key Stage 2. The Learning Mentor identifies and removes individual barriers to learning to enable positive attitudes to learning, and good progress.
  • Additional Teaching Assistant support for individuals in class, and in small groups where there is an identified additional learning need (eg handwriting/ Wordshark, Direct Phonics, Speech and Language, maths catch up).
  • Attendance and Welfare officer monitors attendance and works with families to improve this.