The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding given to schools in order 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 service personnel. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.
The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The Pupil Premium funding is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential.
The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and has provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period.
The amount of Pupil Premium funding a school receives is calculated according to the number of pupils who meet the eligibility criteria set by the government. At Our Lady’s Catholic Primary this is approximately 34% of the children. The school is accountable for using this funding to raise the achievement of the less advantaged children in its community.
All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received, how this is being used, and the impact of any work done.
In the 2017/18 academic year Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School received £94,928 in Pupil Premium funding.
The range of provision that Our Lady’s consider making for this group includes:
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher/teaching assistant focussed on overcoming gaps in learning.
- Employing additional teachers and teaching assistants who provide a targeted level of support to some of our most vulnerable children so as they can make the progress expected of them.
- 1-1 support
- Speech and language therapist provision
- Pupil premium resources may also be used to target able children on Free School Meals to achieve Age Related Expectations
- Transition from primary to secondary
- Supporting the funding of specialist learning software
- Employing a family support worker and a counsellor to work with vulnerable children and to help them eliminate barriers to learning
- Behaviour support
- Supporting parents paying for activities, educational visits and residentials - ensuring children have first-hand experiences to use in their learning in the classroom.
This list is not exhausted and will change according to the needs and support our pupils require.
Please see our Pupil Premium report for more detailed information and the impact pupil premium funding has on our children.