Over the last five years the pupil premium funding has supported schools to rethink the ways in which they raise standards for disadvantaged pupils. It is more vital than ever that the decisions about using the funding are part of an effective strategy. It is an Ofsted expectation that schools should be closing the gap against non-disadvantaged pupils nationally.
Our school understands that an important part of a school's responsibility for raising achievement is not only to play a part in deciding on the best focus for a strategy and being responsible for implementing it, but also the accountability that is held for the use of the pupil premium and for ensuring the best outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.
The Cathedral School of St Peter and St John RC Primary acknowledges that it needs to develop skills as well as knowledge in all our children ultimately equipping them all with skills that can be life changing for disadvantaged children.
Our school aims to develop a pupil premium strategy that will focus relentlessly on the quality of teaching and learning in each part of the school whilst also addressing potential out of school barriers. We will be actively examining excellent practice in other schools and rigorously monitoring the impact of pupil premium strategies to further develop our own.
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Coalition Government in April 2011 to provide additional support for "looked-after" children and those from low income families (those in receipt of free school meals). The extra funding is made available to schools to help them narrow the attainment gap that still exists between pupils from disadvantaged and more affluent backgrounds.
Eligibility for the pupil premium in 2012/2013 was extended to pupils who had been eligible for free school meals at any point in the previous 6 years (known as the Free School Meals Ever 6 (FSM Ever6) measure).
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and a smaller amount for the children of service personnel.
Currently, every eligible child in reception to year 6 class attracts £1,320 in pupil premium funding, and for eligible nursery children £302 is provided. Children who have local authority looked-after status attract £1900 each.. (Looked after children (LAC) defined in Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority, Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order).
Schools are free to spend the pupil premium as they see fit. However, they are accountable for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups. Pupil premium is now received for pupils from Nursery Class to year 6.
The Cathedral school of St Peter and St John RC Primary received the following amounts of pupil premium funding in these financial years:
2015/16 ~ £119,289
For this financial year 2017/2018 the school is expected to receive a total of £108,820 for 82 pupils who are eligible in years Reception to year 6 with an additional £302.10 total (5 pupils) in the nursery class. This is a total of £109,122.10 expected pupil premium funding.
Pupil Premium funding, received since 2011, has enabled school to offer the following:
a) to provide home/school link support in regard to attendance and punctuality by monitoring
daily attendance also linking up with outside agencies to support children being in school.
b) provide support within class to pupils with behaviour issues.
As a school in receipt of this funding we must be accountable to school Governors. Therefore we update Governors who regularly question how we allocate the funding, and more importantly the impact on teaching and learning. This is measured by the progress children make.