Pupil Premium

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Pupil Premium Statement 2021 – 2022

The ‘pupil premium’ is additional funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Financial year 2021 to 2022

In the 2021 to 2022 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,345 per pupil for each Ever 6 FSM FTE pupil aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 6, except where the pupil is allocated the LAC or post-LAC premium.
  • £2,345 per pupil for each post-LAC in year groups reception to year 6.
  • £310 for each pupil aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 6 who is either Ever 6 service child FTE or in receipt of pensions under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)

Eligibility

FSM

The pupil premium for 2021 to 2022 will include pupils recorded in the January 2021 school census who are known to have been eligible for FSM since May 2013, as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2021.

Children adopted from care or who have left care

The pupil premium for 2021 to 2022 will include pupils recorded in the January 2020 school census and alternative provision census, who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). These are collectively referred to as post-LAC in these conditions of grant.

Can you influence how the pupil premium money is spent?

There is no obligation for your school to consult you about how they use the money they claim for your child. However, schools do have to show that they are using their pupil premium fund appropriately. This is measured through Ofsted inspections and annual performance tables showing the progress made by children who are eligible for pupil premium.

The intention of this targeted funding is to improve the educational chances of students who may find circumstances outside school challenging due to financial hardship or other issues.

The grant may be spent in the following ways:

• for the purposes of the school; that is, for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school

• for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies

• on community facilities; for example, services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated

Statement of intent

It is the intent of our school to dispel the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their non-disadvantaged peers.

Pupil Premium children at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School will make expected progress in reading, writing and maths, through quality first teaching and increased opportunities for reinforcement of learning at home. We aim for disadvantaged pupils to have access to a wide range of interventions in school to meet their needs.

Our aim is to provide first class education in order to develop and fulfil the potential of all students in our care. Our commitment is to ensure that the progress of all pupils is paramount especially those that are disadvantaged.

The Pupil Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years. The percentage of our pupils eligible for pupil premium is at the National Average at 21%. Currently 74% of our pupils come from the 20% most deprived groups of the country. The Pupil Premium also provides funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and the children of service personnel.

Overcoming barriers to learning is at the heart of our Pupil Premium Grant use. We understand that needs and costs will differ depending on the barriers to learning being addressed. As such, we identify the barrier to be addressed and the interventions required, whether in small groups, large groups, the whole school or as individuals, and allocate a budget accordingly.

Provision in school is carefully mapped to ensure we can accurately report our policy and spending, agencies contacted where needed; pastoral care organised; timely interventions catered for; extended school activities and school trips supported. The child and its family are at the centre of our planning for pupil premium. We never confuse eligibility for pupil premium with low ability. Pupil Premium is used to support our disadvantaged pupils to achieve their highest levels. We use achievement data and professional dialogue regularly to check whether interventions or strategies are working and amend where needed, and constantly and rigorously measure the impact to learning.

The school ensures all staff are aware of the pupils eligible for Pupil Premium. Termly, Mr Geaves or Miss Wright as Deputy Head Teacher meets with teachers to monitor targets for our Pupil premium so in conjunction with our intentions, teachers can take responsibility for their progress.

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