The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. In 2012-13 schools were allocated a total of £1.25 billion funding for children from low income families who were eligible for free school meals, looked after children and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces.
The level of the premium set for 2011-12 was £488 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals and for pupils in care who had been continuously looked after for six months. It increased to £600 per pupil for 2012-13. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium for 2012-13 was also extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 Free School Meals measure). The government estimated that this would include an extra 555,000 pupils.
The extra funding is made available to schools to help them narrow the attainment gap that still exists between children from disadvantaged and more affluent backgrounds.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they are responsible for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low income families and the other target groups.
At St Peter’s we have received the following Pupil Premium funding -
Pupil Premium Grant allocation for the Academic Year 2012/13 - £16,821
Pupil Premium Grant allocation for the Academic Year 2013/14 - £22,500
Pupil Premium Grant allocation for the Academic Year 2014/15 - £22,700
In making provision for socially disadvantaged children, we recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We acknowledge that not all children who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. At St Peter’s we reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any children or groups of children the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of interventions or strategies at any one time.
At St Peter’s we ensure that class and subject leaders know which pupils are eligible for the Pupil Premium so that they can take responsibility for accelerating progress. These pupils are discussed at termly pupil progress meetings.
Pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium are included in staff Performance Management meetings.
- Purchase of resources to support in school learning opportunities
- The school has employed additional teaching assistants who are providing additional targeted support for specific children, especially in English and Maths. This is to ensure that the children have all the help they need to grasp the basics of reading, writing and mathematics. We now aim to deliver interventions as early as possible so that they don’t have to catch up later.
- In maths specific interventions may include – “Numbers Count,” “First Class@Number,” “Success@Number”.
- In English specific interventions may include “ELS,” “Rapid Readers,” and “Rapid Phonics.”
- Funding has also been used to develop teaching assistant’s professional development. In order to deliver the above interventions teaching assistants have received an extensive programme of training and development.
- Teacher led initiatives are supported by our team of teaching assistants.
- We recognise that children who are experiencing significant social and emotional difficulties may also experience difficulties with their learning. Therefore, we employ a trained social worker with counselling skills half a day a week from CARITAS. CARITAS Diocese of Salford is the official charity of the Diocese. The vision of CARITAS is that the lives of people should be free from poverty, disadvantage and discrimination. Their core purpose is to help the most vulnerable children in our communities to transform their lives and fulfil their potential. At St Peter’s we believe if the children are happy and safe they will be able to access learning fully. The work of CARITAS in supporting vulnerable children is crucial and central to our core mission and vision for all our children.
- Day to day teaching meets the needs of every child
- Evaluation will focus on academic attainment and progress at the end of each Key Stage and the EYFS.
- Pupil Progress meetings will discuss the progress and attainment of children eligible for Pupil Premium.
- Baseline assessments will be administered at the beginning of a specific intervention programme and then evaluated at the end to judge impact.
- CARITAS support will be reviewed each term with our CARITAS social worker. This impact will be reflected in the children’s behaviour, attendance and emotional stability rather than academically. We will also consider their academic achievement alongside this judgement.