What is Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years, children that are in care or adopted and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between disadvantaged children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish this online.
How can it be used?
Pupil premium can be used in a wide range of ways that can enhance the learning and experiences for children. Such as:
- Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom.
- Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes.
- Running catch-up sessions before or after school, for example for children who need extra help with maths or English.
- Providing extra tuition for able children who receive the pupil premium, for example in preparation for SATs.
- Funding educational trips and visits.
- Paying for additional help from outside agencies
- Investing in resources that enhance children’s learning, such as laptops or tablets.
Pupil Premium at St Paul's CofE (VC) Junior School
We are committed to supporting improved outcomes for our disadvantaged pupils. In order to help our disadvantaged pupils overcome their barriers to learning and be happy and successful at St Paul's and in their future lives, we are guided by the following principles.
- We have a whole school ethos of aspiration and attainment for all pupils and encourage all staff to convey positive and optimistic messages to our disadvantaged pupils.
- We have high expectations of everyone, from everyone and avoid stereotyping disadvantaged pupils as all facing the same barriers to learning or having less potential to succeed.
- We promote the power of positive, growth mindsets in our disadvantaged pupils to help inspire them to see and strive to meet their full potential.
- We have an unerring focus on the quality of teaching and learning in order to meet the needs of all our pupils.
- We ensure that personalised provision is in place for children who are Pupil Premium-eligible and have their barriers for learning identified and educational needs accurately assessed and met.
- We utilise evidence to decide which strategies are likely to be most effective in overcoming the barriers to learning.
- We deploy staff effectively to work with pupils who need the most support and training is provided where this is necessary to support pupils' learning.
- We have systems in place which carefully monitor, manage and support good behaviour and attendance for all our pupils. If poor attendance is an issue, this is addressed as a priority.
- Our teachers and leaders collect, analyse and use data to identify pupils' learning needs and review progress regularly. Under performance is addressed rapidly through additional support and interventions.
- Every effort is made to engage and empower parents and carers in the education and progress of their child.
- We believe in creating opportunities for our Pupil Premium-eligible children through extra-curricular activities and additional classroom or school-wide roles and responsibilities to promote a sense of belonging and connectedness in our school.
- We aim to instil an enduring passion for learning in all our pupils by providing a strong grounding in English and mathematics and a broad base of skills and knowledge acquired across our rich and varied curriculum.
How do we monitor the provision through Pupil Premium funding?
- Target groups assessed within regular school monitoring processes such as progress data and attendance data.
- Progress data analysed and shared.
- Monitoring of interventions and support recorded so they are allocated fairly.
- Annual Report to Full Governors.
How do I know if my child is entitled to Pupil Premium Funding?
Please contact school if you think your child may be entitled to support through the Pupil Premium, this includes children who are adopted. All enquires will be treated in the strictest confidence. For more details on the pupil premium please visit:
Please come and see Miss Smart for more details on Pupil Premium at St Paul's CofE VC Junior School.