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Pupil Premium Funding

Is your child entitled to Pupil Premium?

If you are on certain benefits, are a member of the Armed Forces, or are a carer for a looked after child, then you are entitled to Pupil Premium. Simply complete the Pupil Premium form (available from the website under Letters/Newsletters) or click on this link - Pupil Premium Form

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is designed to ensure that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The funding is allocated to Local Authorities and schools with pupils from Reception to Y11 who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), are looked after, or have parents currently in the Armed Forces.

The pupil premium allocation for St. Augustine’s Catholic Primary School for 2016/17 was £36,600. The funding allocated was £1300 per FSM child, £300 per child whose parents are in the Armed Forces, and £1900 for Looked After Children.

From April 2012, the coverage of the Premium was widened to include those eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years.

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How we allocate funds

Our Assistant Headteacher Mrs Crook, together with our teachers and teaching assistants monitor assessment data and plan specific interventions for potentially vulnerable children. The progress of these children is discussed every term within the Senior Leadership Team.

We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils and therefore Pupil Premium pupils form part of our Strategic Plan and Performance Management.

We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of pupils who receive the Pupil Premium funding are adequately assessed and addressed.

In making provision for pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged.

We recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged. Each intervention will be inclusive of pupils receiving the Pupil Premium of funding.

Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following Pupil Progress analysis which will identify priority pupils. Limited funding and resources means that not all pupils receiving free school meals will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time. However, we will endeavour that over an academic year interventions will take place for all the pupils receiving Pupil Premium as required. The Headteacher has the overview of funding allocation.

In the class room

All teachers are aware of the Pupil Premium pupils in their class and take overall responsibility for their progress.

All our work will be aimed at accelerating progress moving the Pupil Premium pupils to at least age related expectations, initially in Reading, Writing and Maths.

The range of provision includes:

  • Support for the parent from the Pupil Premium Leader (Mrs Crook) focusing on the pupils’ home circumstances and possible barriers to learning such as punctuality, low attendance, poor behaviour or emotional needs.
  • In class differentiation.
  • Support for the parent of a child with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities from the SENCO.
  • Social Support such as the need to attend an Extended School activity to raise a pupil’s self-esteem or provide an opportunity that the pupil may need focused intervention.
  • 1:1 intervention with a qualified Learning Support Assistant with a focus on a pupil’s specific learning needs.
  • Small group work with a qualified Learning Support Assistant on a specific programme.

Timetabling of these interventions ensures a pupils’ classroom learning is not affected and all interventions link to the current learning taking place within the classroom.

The school also seeks to redress any inequalities of opportunity through carefully targeted financial support for wider curriculum activities such as after school clubs, learning musical instruments, school trips and attendance at the Breakfast Club.

The role of the Governors:

The Headteacher reports to the Governing Body as part of the analysis of pupil achievement. Any necessary actions may form part of the School Improvement Plan.

The Impact

In 2016 end of year 6 SATs, the value added scores of disadvantaged pupils are equal to the scores of other pupils in reading, writing and mathematics. This means that pupils coming from disadvantaged start points achieve equally as well as their peers because of the pupil premium and how we spend it.

In mathematics, 100% of pupil premium children made expected progress, 33% made better than expected progress. In writing 100% made expected progress. In reading, 100% made expected progress, whilst 33% made better than expected progress.