Pupil Premium Funding 2017-2018 at Our Lady & St Thomas
What is Pupil Premium Funding?
Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils to try to ensure they; attain as well as and make as much progress as their peers. Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units.
How the funding is allocated?
It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been: registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the past six years or been in care for six months or longer. The amount of funding received for each child in this instance is £1,320 In addition Pupil Premium Funding is provided for pupils; Adopted from Care (£1,900) and Service Pupils (£300)
Summary of Barriers to Educational Achievement at Our Lady & St Thomas
The challenges faced by eligible pupils are wide-ranging, their attainment on entry varies and the school takes account of each child’s entry point and ensures they are well supported to achieve their potential. Below are shared some of these barriers which can apply to pupils in our school.
- Pupils entering school are in some instances below the national expectation in the areas of understanding, speaking, self-confidence and awareness, reading, number, the world, technology, expressive arts and design.
- Find it difficult to interact with other pupils
- Require additional support to access phonics, reading and developing their writing skills
- Require additional support in mathematics
- Attendance issues may impact on progress and attainment
- If parents have had poor educational experiences themselves, we work hard to establish strong links and provide a positive educational experience.
We measure the impact of pupil premium by closely monitoring our intervention programmes, through learning walks, pupil progress meetings, data and work scrutiny. We monitor the progress of these children and provide support as described below if it is required. These children have priority access to these interventions. In practice, this means that if their progress is border line for their ability, they will receive additional support. The impact of this will be reviewed every six to eight weeks, pupils attainment and progress will be discussed with governors including the Pupil Premium Champion Mrs Alison Aisbitt. The ongoing impact is reviewed at least half termly and the overall impact will be evaluated in the summer / autumn term 2018.