Pupil Premium

To access the New online Free School Meals/Pupil Premium checking service please click on the following link

Pupil premium eligibility checker

Pupil Premium funding is given to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-13, it has been expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years. When applying to a Merton school you will be encouraged to complete an application for free school meals. All children eligible for free school meals are also eligible for a government grant of around £1300 per child. This money is used by Poplar for a wide range of purposes as indicated below. 

The table below gives an overview of how the Pupil Premium grant is spent at Poplar. For more detailed information, including an outline of the impact on pupils, see our



Intended outcome

Success criteria

Improve outcomes and progress in reading, writing and Maths for disadvantaged pupils

  • Narrowing the attainment gap in all year groups: reduce the whole school Y1-6 attainment gap by at least 10% by 2024.
  • Reduce progress gap in year groups: eliminate whole school Y1-6 progress gap.
  • End of KS2  pupil premium data matches  pre-covid progress scores (2019) in all three areas.
  • EYFS baseline to Yr2 progress in line with ‘national others’ .

Improve oral language skills of disadvantaged pupils

  • EYFS data for Listening, Attention and understanding and Speaking over 80% PP pupils achieving goals at the end of Reception
  • PP pupils with EAL are confident accessing the curriculum, achievement of reading and writing inline with non PP by the end of Year 6. 

Improve engagement in learning of disadvantaged pupils and their parents. 

  • Appropriate CPD is identified and embedded to ensure high quality teaching.
  • Trained mentors providing support for targeted children.
  • Pupils demonstrate enthusiasm & persistence in their approach to learning.
  • Curriculum workshops in place for parents and attendance monitored.
  • Increase attendance at parent/teacher meetings and open classroom events. Non attendance monitored.
  • CAHMs support and workshops available and well attended. 

Ensure equality of access to enrichment activities.

  • Proportion of PP pupils attending extra curricular clubs is in line with non PP pupils.
  • All PP pupils given, and encouraged to take up, the opportunity to attend day trips and residential trips.

If your child does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family's income level, please contact the office (in confidence) to register them or use the eligibility checker link above. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child.

Pupil Premium Policy