Pupil Premium

Our Mission Statement: We aim to educate the young people entrusted to our care in the Catholic, Christian way that ensures that each one is valued and cared for and achieves the best of which he or she is capable.

2018 - 19 Pupil Premium Strategy

Supporting Disadvantaged Pupils in the Classroom

What is Pupil Premium funding? Pupil premium funding was introduced in April 2011 to provide additional funding for looked after children and those from low income families. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) was also extended in 2012-13 to those who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever6 pupils), those who have been looked after for more than six months and to the children of service personnel. The level of premium for each pupil is £935. For children that are either in care or looked after, the school receives £1900 per pupil, and for those of service personnel the premium is £300 each.

In 2017-18, 29.4% of St Mary’s pupils fall within this cohort.

Maximising the efficacy of the school PPG spend: School receives the PPG direct from the local authority based on the number of looked after children, service personnel children, children eligible for free school meals and Ever6 children. The budget received for 2018-19 is £169,545. The funding is always used to support our main core aim, of raising the attainment and progress of all pupils eligible for this funding, in either directly or indirectly supporting their learning needs. The school will seek to publish the use of this funding on the school website at least annually.

The Designated Senior Lead for Pupil Premium Grant (DSLPPG) will have day to day responsibility for overseeing the PPG spend and will endeavour to ensure that spending is always with a view to supporting the target group of pupils. The DSLPPG will therefore ensure that the school has successfully and accurately identified the current cohort of PPG pupils and that all staff are fully aware as to who those PPG pupils are.

Data collection points in the school year will provide opportunities for PPG pupils to be monitored. At these points in the school year the DSLPPG will discuss with both Curriculum and Pastoral Leaders the performance and needs of the PPG pupils either within the context of their curriculum area or against a range of set targets. This information will be shared amongst staff at Academic Progress Boards, so targeted interventions can take place.

The DSLPPG and Curriculum/Pastoral Leaders will then agree on a course of action, which might include:

  • A bid for PPG money to support a/some/all of the PPG pupils which would then be considered by the DSLPPG/Head prior to release of funding
  • Suggestions for other school support that Curriculum Leaders can utilise
  • Additional holistic or pastoral support
  • Hardship support
  • Additional TA3 support for personalised intervention’s

Supporting PPG pupils: Our core aim is to raise the attainment and progress of students eligible for pupil premium funding.

Overarching success criteria:

  1. Ensure that St Mary’s PP students perform better than PP students nationally in Maths, English & Science.
  2. Assist in closing the achievement gap between St Mary’s PP students and other St Mary’s students in Maths, English & Science.
  3. Assist in closing the achievement gap between St Mary’s PP students and other students nationally in Maths, English & Science.
  4. Contribute to improved attendance for PP students.
  5. Contribute to reduced exclusions for PP students.
  6. Enhance reading, writing, mathematics and communication skills;
  7. Engage and develop learning through extra-curricular provision;
  8. The staff have a clear focus on improving outcomes for all disadvantaged students;

It is recognised that whilst PPG funding can help to maximise achievement in school. It in itself is not a magic formula for success. OFSTED publications1 and Educational Endowment Fund research indicate that it is the impact of every day teaching in schools that each cohort of PPG pupils experience which will have the most substantial effects on their progress.

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We will therefore endeavour to ensure, where possible that:

  • All PPG pupils experience teaching that matches and meets their individual of group needs
  • All PPG pupils have access to teachers who have a good track record in meeting the needs of PPG pupils
  • Assessment data is used regularly to report progress and that this is monitored and used to coordinate intervention and support.
  • Teachers and Teaching Assistants are aware of who PPG pupils are and are able to support their needs in class.
  • PPG pupils are given clear and effective feedback by teaching staff on progress so that they can then improve
  • All PPG pupils are effectively supported with attendance, behaviour and family support, where needed
  • Governors are regularly made aware of initiatives to support PPG pupils and some measure of impact or success is also indicated. This will be a fixed agenda item at Governor Pupil Welfare meetings and through regular meeting with the PPG Governor – Mrs Clare Dixon.

Examples of funded support: The school will use a proportion of the PPG funding to enable whole school issues and support are funded. This may include finance for TA’s, The Family Support Officer, Attendance Officer Support, and Nurture Support. The remaining monies to be used to provide funding for appropriate and agreed bids from curriculum/pastoral areas.

Examples of activities supported by bids may include funding for:

  • Curriculum Resources
  • Curriculum enhancement
  • Enrichment Activities and Opportunities
  • Free lessons (e.g. Peripatetic Music Lessons)
  • Homework Support or After School Support
  • 1:1 support

Research by the Sutton Trust provided a Toolkit published in 2011 which outlines a definitive list of the most efficient and effective uses of support for learning compared against outlay. This is not an exhaustive list but is useful in evaluating the most cost effective approaches to supporting learning in schools. Effective feedback, meta-cognition strategies, peer to peer support and early intervention providing the most effective interventions for low outlay.

How to Register For Free School Meals Entitlement:

  • You can register for Free School Meals if you get any of the following benefits:
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR)
  • Income Based Jobseeker's Allowance (IB-JSA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit and are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run on'- the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
    Universal Credit

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and complete the simple online form. If you require support completing your application, please contact your child’s Pastoral Support Assistant or the Family Support Officer.

Issue Number: 3

Date of Issue: June 2018

Review Date: March 2019