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Pupil Premium

Due to the closure of schools on 23rd March 2020 because of Covid-19, implementation of the Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-20 was suspended. Meopham School directed its resources towards supporting eligible pupils to maintain their continuity of learning. 

As no KS2 data will be available to benchmark standards for Year 7 pupils on entry in September 2020, the school is taking steps to ensure that meaningful data is generated during Term 1 to identify disadvantaged pupils who need additional support, so that reliable progress targets can be set. The same process is in place for other year groups. For this reason the school will publish its Pupil Premium Strategy for 2020-21 by the end of Term 2.


The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The funding is allocated to schools based on the number of:

  • Students in receipt of free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever6 FSM)
  • Children in Care (CIC), adopted or special guardianship
  • Service children.

We have a wide range of interventions that contribute to closing this attainment gap. The funding allows us to:‚Äč

  • Employ additional teachers allowing for smaller group sizes in English and Maths
  • Embed a data tracking system that allows for targeted intervention in English, Maths and Science and ensures that all teachers know who their Pupil Premium students are
  • Deliver strategies for use in the classroom that supports student learning and introduce class profile plans to ensure that all teaching staff know their Pupil Premium students and can effectively plan strategies for their attainment. This strategic approach ensures that the needs of each learner are being met within the classroom rather than relying solely on additional interventions
  • Appoint Learning Leaders to enable every student access to an academic mentor.
  • Improve and encourage good attendance through rewards
  • Provide key stationary items to support student’s learning in school and at home
  • Purchase individual workbooks to support additional sessions in English and Maths
  • Provide GCSE text books and additional resources to individual KS4 students
  • Deliver Saturday school for English and Maths
  • Supply revision materials and study skills sessions for GCSE students
  • Offer Music lessons
  • Provide digital technologies to support learning
  • Offer alternative curriculum in respite placements
  • Deliver small group work and 1:1 sessions in English, Maths and Science
  • Provide early interventions by providing a summer school for students making the transfer from KS2 to KS3
  • Create a family room for parents to meet in a more relaxed environment
  • Provide funding for school trips
  • Promote home/school liaison by offering informal ‘drop in’ sessions for parent/carers
  • Run University trips to encourage and support student aspirations.

Are you claiming your entitlement to free school meals?

As parents you need to know that registering for free school meals is important for two reasons. You will be reassured that your child has access to a healthy lunchtime meal as well as additional funding to support interventions targeted to raise your child’s achievement and aspirations.

To apply free school meals, parents must have one or more children aged four or over attending a local authority maintained school in Kent and be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income based job seekers allowance
  • Guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (without Working Tax Credit) and an annual income below £16, 190
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Support under the part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

If you think you are eligible, please register on the KCC website at: If you do not have access to the internet or you would like to know more, please contact me – Ms Williams (Focus Group Learning Leader) email:

Number of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant 2018/2019

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Measuring the Impact of Pupil Premium Expenditure 2017-18

Pupil Premium Strategy and Review 2020-21

Pupil Premium Forecast for 2018-2019

Pupil Premium Forecast for 2017-2018

Pupil Premium Forecast for 2016-2017

Pupil Premium Forecast for 2015-2016