- Pupil Premium is additional funding provided to address the underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers.
- It is for schools to decide how to allocate this funding as they are best placed to assess where it will have the most impact. Schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils in receipt of FSM.
- The funding is allocated to schools per FSM pupil.
- New measures will be included in the performance tables that will indicate the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium funding.
- Schools are required to show on their websites how the Pupil Premium is being used to narrow the achievement gap and to ensure that pupils at risk of underachieving are identified early, and support and intervention is put in place. This is particularly the case for those that are on FSM or are Looked After Children (LAC).
The Key Facts
- The Pupil Premium funding is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, and for Looked After Children (where this has been continuous for more than 6 months).
- In 2013-14 eligibility for the Pupil Premium was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years.
- It is important that families who are eligible inform school so that the additional funding can be accessed. The level of funding in 2015-2016 is £1320 per pupil (£1900 for looked after children).
St Mary’s Pupil Premium Mission Statement
We receive Pupil Premium funding to help us to close the gap in attainment between those pupils who are less advantaged and the school in terms of national expectations of attainment and progress.
We have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that makes the difference. We are determined to equip our children with the life skills they will need in order to realise and fulfil their potential. We are committed to ensuring our Pupil Premium funding is spent to maximum effect.
We know that nationally children from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. We aim to actively breakdown those barriers to enable ALL of our children to achieve age related outcomes, regardless of their social and economic status or family circumstances.
Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to narrow the gap between pupil groups. There is a shared commitment amongst staff in ensuring all pupils make good progress, but as mirrored nationally, our levels of attainment have been lower for FSM children in the past. We do, however, analyse outcomes for all of the following: KS1, KS2, Phonics and EYFS. This means National Levels and a range of other measures, as appropriate.
Enriching the children’s learning through extensive school trips, activities in school delivered by external providers and our own staff and by providing a broad range of school activities for children of all age ranges and by engaging vulnerable pupils and their families with attendance support.
Through targeted interventions we aim to eliminate barriers to learning and increase progress rates. Moderated assessment data is collected termly so that the impact of Quality First Teaching interventions can be monitored regularly. Interventions are adapted or changed to suit the changing needs of the learners. Regular feedback about progress is given to children through focussed marking and parents are invited to discuss their child’s learning regularly.
Senior Leadership Team will ensure that teaching and learning staff: set high expectations for all children through Quality First Teaching, share expertise and good practice through CPD and structured support via coaching and mentoring. They are also offered continuous CPD, contribute towards school initiatives and quality assessment, structured planning for and delivering of interventions.
Pupil Premium Impact 2016-17
St. Mary’s Allocation 2016/2017
St Mary’s was allocated £24, 340 in Pupil Premium in the financial year 2016-2017. Some ofthis funding was allocated in the following ways with the primary aim of ensuring that all pupils make good progress and are offered equality of opportunity in all aspects of their learning:
Weekly homework club during school time (£620)
Provide 1-1 and small group tuition in a specific subject area to close the achievement gap for identified pupils (£8400)
Weekly social interaction workshops (£560)
Weekly fine motor skill workshop (£560)
Provide financial support to cover Yr 5&6 residential (£400)
Staff CPD including Child Protection, Autism awareness and TA training (£7300).