The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
We currently receive no pupil premium funding.
Use of the pupil premium
It’s up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium.This is because school leaders are best-placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use funding to improve attainment.
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across the following 3 areas below but focusing on teaching quality – investing in learning and development for teachers.
Read the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) pupil premium guide for information about the tiered approach to spending.
Schools arrange training and professional development for all the their staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils.
Schools should decide on the main issues stopping their pupils from succeeding at school and use the pupil premium to buy extra help.
This may include non-academic use of the pupil premium such as:
- school breakfast clubs
- music lessons for disadvantaged pupils
- help with the cost of educational trips or visits
- speech and language therapy
Schools may find using the pupil premium in this way helps to:
- increase pupils’ confidence and resilience
- encourage pupils to be more aspirational
- benefit non-eligible pupils
Context of our School
St.Francis’ is a small primary school with 92 pupils on roll (4-11) and 24 children on roll in our Governor led nursery aged 2 to 4 years.
Key features of the school:
• St Francis Catholic Primary School is situated in a rural location in the parish of St Francis, Hill Chapel. It serves the local and wider area offering a distinctive Catholic ethos and education.
• The school has a committed staff, supportive parents and Governors. The school has an admission number of 15 which results in 3 mixed age group classes and 1 single age class. Pendle class (Year R), Parlick class (Year 1 & 2), Fairsnape class (Year 3 & 4) and Beacon class (Year 5 & 6).
Data shows that 80% of pupils come from Multiple Deprivation Index A and B (ie 60-70% least deprived area in England and Wales).
We have service pupil premium and this is spent to promote:
- monitoring of service children’s progress compared to the wider school population to ensure that they learn, develop and achieve their own expected level of progress
- intervention strategies and support are put into place to support their learning
- Tailored pastoral/educational resources to promote confidence and self -esteem
- the provision of a trained Teaching assistant to provide pastoral support and guidance for families
- extra-curricular activities to enable service children to take part in certain activities that may not have been available to them due to the absence of one of their key adults. This has included music lessons, breakfast and after school club and various trips to provide emotional support for children who need it.