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Pupil Premium

What is the pupil premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Pupil premium was introduced in April 2011. The funding is provided in addition to the school’s main funding and is intended to help disadvantaged pupils to ‘close the gap’ and raise attainment and improve progress.

Children who are eligible include:

  • Pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years;
  • Pupils who have been looked after continuously for more than six months;
  • Children of armed services personnel.

In the 2015-16 financial year, schools will receive:

  • £1,320 for each primary-aged pupil who is eligible for the funding.
  • £1,900 for Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority
  • £1,900 for children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
  • £300 for children recorded as Ever 5 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence

 How many pupils at Marion Richardson are eligible for the pupil premium?

Currently 218 pupils at Marion Richardson are eligible for the pupil premium.


Applying for Free School Meals

Our aim is to give your child every opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards in everything they do. We are committed to offering an exciting and creative curriculum with a wealth of different experiences and opportunities to learn and flourish. This is achieved through various funding sources, including the pupil premium. It is therefore very important that parents apply/renew their applications for FSM.

For further information on applying for Free School Meals in Tower Hamlets please click here.

If you are unsure if you are eligible or would like any support please come in to the school. We are able to check your eligibility and support you in completing the necessary application forms.


How will the impact of the spending of pupil premium be measured?

To monitor the progress and attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the pupil premium. DfE performance tables can be accessed by clicking here.  

At Marion Richardson we will continue to use our cycle of data collection, tracking and monitoring of pupil’s attainment and progress to inform pupil progress and enable early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.


In 2014/15 the school received £278,200 in pupil premium funding.

How we spent our pupil premium funding:

Early Intervention: English

·         Early Words

·         Early Literacy Support


Early Intervention: Mathematics

·         1stClass@Number

·         1stClass@Number2

·         Success@Arithmetic


Literacy support


Speech and language therapy


Teaching assistants


Senior Learning mentor


Year 6 additional teacher


Level 6 target groups

Part of above

Parent support worker


Phase leadership


Additional educational Psychologist visits


Additional care and provision


Provisional results show that the targeted use of pupil premium funding has had a significant impact on raising achievement and ensuring that by the time pupils leave us they are ready for the next stage in their education at Secondary school. 

Once final results are published they will show that:

  • 100% of pupils made the expected progress of 2 levels progress in Mathematics along with 98% in Writing and Reading.
  • A significant proportion of children made greater than expected progress (3 or more levels) from the end of KS1 in Reading: 39% and Writing: 37%. In addition to this 42% made 3 levels progress in mathematics.
  • 92% of children achieved L4+ in the combined measure of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. (98% L4+ in mathematics, 98% L4+ in reading and 93% L4+ in writing)
  • Achievement at the higher levels (a focus for the funding) has risen, particularly in Maths with 51% achieving Level 5 and 17% achieving level 6. Also in reading with 41% achieving L5, and writing also with 41%.

We have published a full report on the impact of pupil premium funding which can be found here:

Pupil Premium Strategy & Profile Action Plan 2016-2017

Pupil Premium Report- Evaluation of Impact 2014-2015

Pupil Premium Spending Plan 2014