What is Pupil Premium funding?
Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main budget that schools receive. The pupil premium funding is allocated to children in low income families who are in receipt of or have been eligible in the past six years for free school meals. It is provided as a means of addressing some of the issues associated with social disadvantage and in particular, in narrowing, and hopefully eventually closing, any gap in attainment. In making appropriate provision for this at St Peter’s, we also acknowledge that not all pupils in receipt of free school meals are socially disadvantaged and that guidance states that schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium allocation as they see fit in order to fit the needs of vulnerable children in particular target groups.
Pupil Premium Provision at St Peter’s
Our Pupil Premium funding is used to support a wide range of provision aimed at enabling all learners to enjoy and thrive in learning and achieve their best. The SENDCO is the Pupil Premium Co-ordinator and the Deputy Headteacher and Bursar make up the Pupil Premium Team alongside the SENDCO.
At St Peter’s, we will use the Pupil Premium to support our students with a specific focus on: Engagement, promoting inclusion, attendance, behaviour and ensuring all children have equal opportunities with a constant awareness that every child is important.
The range of provision for the above children includes:
- Targeted interventions on a one-to-one basis or in small groups with experienced/specialist teachers, external agencies and support staff.
- Additional support in the classroom.
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities, such as financial support for outings, after school clubs, uniform, events and extra-curricular activities.
- Long term learning opportunities, such as creative, group projects.
- Resources to support high quality teaching.
The Headteacher, in conjunction with the Senior Management Team, will maintain an ongoing programme of support for socially disadvantaged pupils, which will be subject to the oversight of the Governing Body.
How do we measure the impact?
The school’s leadership team, supported by our teaching and support staff team, will monitor the attainment and progress of all pupils and decide which pupils need additional provision and what this provision will be. A range of additional support may be provided that is felt to best meet the child’s needs at the time. Targeted, evidence-based interventions are also used to maximise pupils’ progress and attainment. Children are identified through Pupil Progress meetings and data analysis.
In evaluating effectiveness, a range of evidence is used including:
- Attainment and progress outcomes
- Feedback from staff, the child, parents and other professionals who may be involved
- Examples of learning through photographs, recorded learning, transcriptions or tapes of what the child says
- Anecdotal, impressionistic evidence relating to improved confidence, well-being, attitude, behaviour etc.
Changes will be made to provision and practice as necessary after review.
When will our Pupil Premium Strategy be reviewed?
The date for the next Pupil Premium Strategy review will be in September 2017.
You can access our full Pupil Premium policy on our Policies page and the annual reports can be downloaded below.