Pupil Premium Funding
The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our aim of helping everyone to achieve to their full potential. We do this by:
Firstly - assuring the best possible delivery of learning experiences in the classroom.
Secondly - we have a range of group and individual interventions designed to support those with identified needs.
Thirdly - we try to offer a rich and varied menu of activities designed to engage and motivate pupils, raising their aspirations and creating a positive view of learning.
Pupil Premium Principles
At St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the pupils.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis, which will identify priority groups or individuals.
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. Any group will be made up of FSM children and non FSM children, where their needs are similar, or where meeting their needs helps to create a learning environment more conducive to success for all.
Providing small group work with an experienced teaching assistant focussed on overcoming gaps in learning.
Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained TAs or external agencies.
Acquiring effective materials aimed at raising standards, particularly in reading and mathematics. (Reading books, Read Write Inc, Maths resources).
All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this may be through targeted literacy and numeracy support or initiatives to promote children's engagement in learning.
The pupil Premium is additional funding on top of the main funding which a school receives. It is targeted at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In April 2021,
Last year, we received Pupil Premium of £1345 for each child on roll who is currently or was previously registered for Free School Meals in the past six years. We received £26900 in total of Pupil Premium for FSM children.
The funding has been used to provide both one-to-one and small group support by teaching assistants, for pupils who are funded.
This support has had a positive impact on the attainment of these pupils, enabling them to make increased progress in the core subjects of literacy and numeracy. Pupils who are pupil premium funded make as much progress across the curriculum as other pupils.
It has also had a positive impact on pupil behaviour, attitude and confidence, which again impacts positively on learning.
We measure the attainment of Pupil Premium funded children as a group, separately to other groups in school.
We review the school's pupil premium strategy annually, in the summer term.
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Catch Up Funding
The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.
Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11.
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year.
Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.