Pupil Premium

Every school receives dedicated funding, from the government, for pupils who are eligible for free school meals (or have been eligible in the the previous six years)

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to the main school funding, is the best way to address inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those children who are not. Pupil Premium Funding is used to tackle disadvantage in order to reach the pupils who need it most.

Schools are currently given Pupil Premium funding of £1,320 per pupil for those whose families who have registered for FSM. This includes any child who has been registered for FSM at any point during the past 6 years. Schools also receive £300 for each pupil Service Pupil (children whose parent(s) is(are) serving members of the armed forces or Crown Servants). 

The money is given to schools to support them in enabling all pupils to reach or exceed the nationally expected level for their age.  Each school may decide how best to use the funding and they are held accountable for how it has been used to support pupils from low income families. 

For the academic year 2017-18 we estimate that our funding allocation will be £33,500 (Pupil Premium £29,400 / Service Premium £5,100) .  We plan to use the funding to support the following initiatives and activities:

  • Intensive 1-2-1 / paired English language withdrawal sessions (led by an EAL Teaching Assistant) to support identified non-English speaking Service Pupils.
  • Programme of 1-2-1 tuition sessions (focussed upon identified next-targets in reading, writing and/or maths) led by a qualified teacher for pupils in years 4-6. 
  • Programme of 1-2-1, paired tuition sessions or in-class support (focussed upon identified targets for phonics, reading, writing and/or maths) led by the SENDCo for pupils Infant classes and Y3.
  • Additional classTeaching Assistant hours for targeted intervention and support programmes and undertake weekly reviews.        
  • Pupil swimming sessions and hot school meals. 
  • Free access to an extra-curricular club or music tuition each term.
  • Assistance with the cost of trips, curriculum, activities and funding of places for pupils on the Y6 residential.

For the academic year 2016-17, we were allocated £31,020.  We used the Pupil Premium to fund the following:

  • Pupil Premium Leader role*
  • Programme of 1-2-1 tuition sessions (focussed upon identified next-targets in reading, writing and/or maths) led by a qualified teacher for pupils in years 4-6. 
  • Programme of 1-2-1, paired tuition sessions or in-class support (focussed upon identified targets for phonics, reading, writing and/or maths) led by the SENDCo for pupils Infant classes and Y3.
  • Targeted intervention and support programmes led by Teaching Assistants          
  • Parent / child support worker*
  • Residential Trips
  • Extra-curricular clubs & activities or music lessons

*partially funded by Pupil Premium funding

  Further details regarding how funding was spent in 2016-17, the impact of the funding and planned  spending for 2017-18 please read the linked document:
 

St_Marys_Pupil_Premium_Strategy_2017-18..doc