What Pupil Premium?
Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.
Funding paid to schools
School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium.
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across 3 areas, with a particular focus on teaching.
- Teaching - Investing in high-quality teaching, for example:
- training and professional development for teachers
- recruitment and retention
- support for teachers early in their careers
- Targeted academic support - Additional support for some pupils focussed on their specific needs, for example:
- one-to-one tuition
- small group tuition
- speech and language therapy
- Wider approaches - Support for non-academic issues that impact success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional challenges. Eg:
- school breakfast clubs
- counselling to support emotional health and wellbeing
- help with the cost of educational trips or visits
"I have come that they may have life and have it to the full"
At St. Wilfrid’s we love one another,
show respect and accept responsibility.
Embracing opportunity and nurturing creativity
we share in the joy of Jesus.
The effective use of the Pupil Premium grant involves all aspects of our Mission Statement at St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School. All pupils, including the most severely disadvantaged and the highly gifted, are regarded as unique individuals and receive both challenge and support designed to meet their needs.
- Expectations are high for all pupil groups and individuals. We expect to see all of our children eligible for Pupil Premium achieve their full potential.
- Not all pupils who qualify for FSM are socially disadvantaged and not all socially disadvantaged pupils qualify or are registered for FSM. We therefore focus on the needs and levels of progress of all pupils.
- All teaching and learning strategies are designed to meet the needs of individuals and groups. Additional support is integrated into the teaching programme.
- In providing support we will not socially isolate pupils. Therefore, it is likely that all groups receiving additional support will be a mix of FSM and non-FSM pupils.
- We use the Education Endowment Fund research and analysis when allocating Pupil Premium Funding https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/guidance-for-teachers/using-pupil-premium
- The governing board will approve, understand and be involved in the schools strategy for deploying pupil premium.
- The governing body will hold senior leaders to account for implementing the school’s strategy and for evaluating its impact on the achievement of targeted pupils.
Head Teacher and SLT
- At St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School the Head Teacher, Deputy Head & SENCO retain overall responsibility for leading the Pupil Premium strategy.
- The impact of the support provided is judged by the progress made by the children who are entitled to support through the PPG. The impact of the PPG will be monitored termly by SLT.
- The SENCo will monitor and track the progress of this group of children.
- All staff are expected to have an in-depth knowledge of all the pupils they teach and support, especially pupils with disabilities and special needs and those who qualify for additional funding through the Pupil Premium grant.
- Class and subject teachers are responsible for the progress made by all pupils.