Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include children who are entitled to free schools meals, children looked after by the local authority and children of armed service personnel. 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 these groups of learners. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture their achievement.
For the academic year 2016/17, St. Mary’s received £26,368 in Pupil Premium funding. The spending has been allocated as follows:
- 19 children eligible for pupil premium (9%)
- Employed additional teaching assistants across a range of year groups to provide small group and one-to-one intervention. Specific programmes included purchasing speech and language assessment tools and providing weekly speech programmes thus supporting early phonic development. One to one intervention for reading recovery. Training of teacher and four teaching assistants in deployment of Catch-Up Numeracy(recommended from Education Endowment Fund). Specific booster support for key stage two children to achieve standard grade in reading, writing and mathematics(Target 100%).
- Provide financial support for extended school residential visits and music tuition
The impact of the Pupil Premium: 2015/16 (£27,900)
- Pupil premium children achieved average scaled score of 101.8 in Reading and Maths at KS2
- 50% Pupil Premium children achieved expected standard in Maths & Science at KS2
- 50% Pupil Premium children achieved expected standard in Reading & Writing at KS2
- 100% of pupil premium children achieved expected standard level at KS1 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics