Pupil Premium

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The ‘Pupil Premium’ is direct government funding for schools designed to ensure that all pupils make the best possible progress whilst in school, regardless of their socio-economic background. A sum of money is given to the school for each pupil on role who is currently or who has ever been in receipt of means tested ‘Free School Meals’ (as opposed to the Universal Infant Free School Meals). There is also a small amount of funding given for any pupil with a parent currently serving in the British Armed Forces and for any child ‘looked after’, either in foster care or in Local Authority care.

How do I know if my child is eligible for the pupil premium?
Your child may eligible for pupil premium funding if you or your partner receive one or more of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job-seekers Allowance
  • An income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,100​

If you think that your child may be eligible to qualify for pupil premium funding please do not hesitate to contact a member of the school office team. This funding, if eligible, will be received each year that they remain at primary school, regardless of how your circumstances may change.

How do we spend our pupil premium funding?
In 2017/18 the school’s allocation of Pupil Premium funding is £24,340.00
This funding will be used to raise attainment through:

  • Funding of extra Teaching Assistant provision to lead various intervention programmes and support learning of those in receipt of funding.

The Curriculum Focus of Pupil Premium Grant

  • To ensure all children make at least expected progress across the year in Reading, Writing and Maths.
  • To allow opportunities for pupils to achieve aspirational phase-end targets.
  • To ensure pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium have the same opportunities to achieve at St Joseph’s Infant’s, and to close any gaps in attainment and/or progress.
  • To ensure a rich, varied and substantial curricular provision for all.

Evaluating the impact of Pupil Premium Grant

  • Progress is measured termly by teachers and reported to SMT within Pupil Progress meetings where pupils will be identified to receive additional targeted intervention programmes to raise attainment.
  • Pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium are tracked closely to ensure transparency and accountability in the use of Premium funding.​

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The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and children of armed services personnel.

The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.

Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received, how this is being used and the impact of any work done

This allocation was used to employ a teaching assistant which enabled us to implement various intervention strategies to support learning across the school.

Pupil progress and attainment is tracked regularly and where pupils are not meeting age related expectations or are not making good progress then interventions are planned to accelerate progress.

Interventions include:

–  Use of support staff to deliver small group and individual intervention programmes

– Use of support staff within class to support learners and improve adult to pupil ratios in lessons.

This year’s allocation for Pupil Premium was £15600

We will be evaluating the impact of support given to these children.