Pupil Premium 2013

As you may be aware, the Government provide a ‘Pupil Premium’ to schools which means that the school receives an extra amount of money per pupil based on free school meals.

This is aimed at boosting the attainment for disadvantaged children and in 2012-2013, the funding was expanded to include all children who have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) within the last 6 years, those children who have been in Looked After care continuously for the last six months and for  children of service personnel.

The Government requires the school to publish information about how we use the Pupil Premium Funding….” We will expect schools to account to parents for how it used.” (Page 81 , White Paper)

 

Pupil Premium Information

 

The focused use of pupil premium at St. Joseph’s RC Primary School will help support us in achieving our vision.

 

Principles

  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are addressed
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils in receipt of free school meals will be socially disadvantaged
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals
  • In order not to disadvantage any pupil or to draw attention to the minority of pupils to whom this applies, we reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school legitimately identifies as being socially disadvantaged
  • Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, a group of pupils or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all pupils receiving free school meals will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at any one time

 

2012/2013

Pupil Premium Allocation              £28,035

 

2013/2014

Pupil Premium Allocation              £39,600  

 

Provision

All schools have the right to decide how best to use money and in 2012/2013, St. Joseph’s school chose to spend the Pupil Premium in the following ways:

  • Smaller teaching groups, thus improving opportunities for more personalised learning and accelerating progress
  • Providing small group work with an experienced teacher or teaching assistant focused on overcoming gaps in learning
  • 1:1 support
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through teaching assistants, pastoral care or external agencies
  • All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving pupils to at least age related expectations. This will be predominately in English and Mathematics
  • Pupil premium resources may also be used to target able pupils in receipt of free school meals to achieve Level 3 or Level 5
  • New computer software and IT licences to engage pupils in their learning

 

For the academic year 2013/2014, we aim to expand our spending to include:

 

  • a year’s subscription to First News for all pupils in Years 5 and 6

 

The list of support and interventions available will also be updated on an on-going basis using early intervention as a continual strategy. They will be monitored and if necessary adjusted according to the progress pupils are making.

 

Reporting

The impact of Pupil Premium will be monitored through tracking and pupil progress meetings with staff to ensure they are making at least expected progress. If there are any concerns, pupils will be swiftly identified and interventions provided.

An outline of the provision will be kept for each year group and individual child.

It will be the responsibility of the Headteacher or delegated members of staff to provide the following information by way of an annual report for the Governors curriculum Committee on:

  • The progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils
  • An outline of the provision made since the last annual report

 

The priority for pupil Premium is about raising attainment for pupils on FSM and school intends to use the funds in this manner.

 

If your child does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the school office (in confidence) for further information about registering them. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim the Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child.

 

All matters relating to this funding are treated with discretion and confidence.

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