The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
Have you checked whether your child is eligible to receive Pupil Premium Funding?
If you feel that your child may be eligible for Free School Meals, it is important to register for their entitlement as soon as possible. The school office is able to provide all the necessary information.
If your child is currently in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and having a school meal through the government's KS1 Free School Meals Entitlement, it is still important to register for the Free School Meals/Pupil Premium benefit if you think your child may be eligible. For more information about eligibility or how to apply please visit the Lancashire County Council website.
For every child registered to receive Free School Meals, the school will receive an additional sum of money to help support children in school, this is called the Pupil Premium Grant. This additional funding begins in the year they are registered and does not end until they finish school here in Year 6.
The school uses this money to provide additional services to support the learning and well being of these children and also increase resources and opportunities for all children with an additional need who attend our school. It also allows the school to ensure all children can access school trips and extra-curricular activities.
Termly Pupil Progress Meetings are used to help identify and keep track of provisions and support for disadvantaged pupils (academic and social, emotional and behavioural). This is useful to identify concerns and presenting issues and also as a measure of impact during the review process. In addition, the school regularly considers current provision available in school and seeks to expand the range of support on offer. The schools sees staff training in specific areas of expertise as a means to maximise value for money and ensure the longevity of funded provision for future groups of pupils in school. Intervention and provision is assessed and evaluated to measure impact.
Pupil Premium Strategy
The Pupil Premium is funding in addition to the school's budget. Schools are free to decide how to allocate this funding to best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.
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How much our school received:
In 2020-2021 St John with St Augustine’s expects to receive £127,540
We have identified areas where children receiving pupil premium may require additional support.
1) ‘Narrowing the gap’ for children making below expected or working below age related expectations.
2) Supporting children working above age related expectations to make accelerated progress.
3) Supporting behavioural, social and emotional problems.
4) Identifying and helping families to access agencies outside school which can provide support.
5) Providing financial support to ensure every child has access to educational visits.
6) Providing enrichment opportunities within and outside school.
Aspirations of our Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) Spending:
We will be actively working:
· To ensure all disadvantaged children make substantial progress
· To ensure that Pupil Premium children are not disadvantaged in any way with relation to educational activities
· To ensure Pupil Premium children’s attendance is in line with their peers
· To ensure that Pupil Premium children have no external barriers to learning (relating to home/family circumstances)
· To ensure Pupil Premium children have appropriate social and emotional development for their age
Impact of Pupil Premium Funding
Impact is measured through regular discussion with targeted pupils, through pupil progress meetings in school and through teacher assessment. Provision may not always have an immediate impact but should be evident when measured over time.
The barriers we are trying to overcome through our use of Pupil Premium:
· Barriers due to SEND
· Barriers which children have due to Family Support Needs
· Barriers due to low self-esteem and confidence.
· Barriers to learning resulting from behaviour
· Financial barriers which may prevent some children from accessing enriching experiences.
What our Pupil Premium money has been spent on
Last academic year:
For the financial year 2019- 2020 our school was allocated £113,600 in Pupil Premium