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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Strategy 

The Pupil Premium, is an allocation of funding in addition to the budget provided to schools.  This is to support specific groups of pupils who are vulnerable to possible underachievement.  These groups include pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) or have been in receipt of FSM within the last six years, those looked after by the LA and the children of armed service personnel. This funding is intended to support us in diminishing the difference in attainment between different groups of pupils.

The total amount of pupil premium funding we predict for the 2019-20 year is £97,680.

The funding contributes to the success of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in the following ways:
  • High quality additional teaching and support staff for intervention groups.
  • Additional experts working with individuals and small groups, including our Speech and Language Therapist, Outreach Mentoring and our weekly Counsellor.
  • Staff training to ensure intervention is as effective as possible.
  • Tracking the progress of pupils frequently, comparing results and informing their target setting and next steps.
  • Resources to support reading, writing and mathematics.
Throughout the academic year, we used the money:
  • To ensure that all children had access to the same opportunities within school through class trips, residential trips and after school clubs.
  • To provide short term intervention programmes for those underachieving and those with SEND.
  • Additional support staff for 1:1 and small intervention groups.
  • Additional provision for pupils to access Breakfast Club and the provision of school uniform.
  • To provide additional workshops for parents in order to build the relationships with parents and improve their understanding regarding high quality education.
  • Provide additional opportunities for children including steel pan tuition and ICT and Music specialist teaching.
This year we are seeking to maintain and improve:
  • Good progress for pupils in reading, writing and mathematics
  • End of key stage results, in line with National Expectations, to ensure that pupils are better prepared for the next stage of their education
  • Assessment for learning throughout the school and early intervention through small group personalised learning
  • Early Years intervention to ensure that all children who were capable, are at least at age related levels in all subjects by the end of the Reception year.
  • Further enrichment of the curriculum to drive standards.
  • Pupil progress meetings held on a termly basis with each class to discuss progress of each child in reading, writing and maths. 
How do we know it is making a difference?

We track the progress of all our pupils in school on a termly basis and more frequently for pupils causing concern and we compare pupils according to FSM, Pupil Premium and other characteristics.