Our Lady St Gerard's RC Primary School

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18th August 19
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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?


The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The Government believes that the pupil premium is the best way to address current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their non FSM peers, by ensuring the funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The government uses eligibility for free school meals as the main measure of deprivation at pupil level. 


Common barriers for disadvantaged pupils can be; weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behavioural difficulties, attendance and punctuality issues and less support at home.  There may also be complex family situations that can have an impact on children’s learning and progress.  The challenges are complex and varied, therefore, it is important that individual needs are identified and catered for as we are very clear that negative, outside influences are not an excuse for underachievement. 


At Our Lady and St. Gerard’s RC Primary School, there is a school-wide commitment to raising achievement for ALL pupils and a key objective for the use of the pupil premium grant is to close the gap between pupil groups. 


Aims & Strategies for 2018-2019


  • To further develop language and communication skills
  • To close the attainment gap in Reading, Writing and Mathematics
  • To continue to improve confidence, independence and self-esteem
  • To continue to improve the wider opportunities available for all our pupils
  • To continue to improve attendance and punctuality
  • To continue to develop parental engagement, support and partnership work to remove barriers to learning
  • For ALL pupils to achieve the highest possible standards and realise their full potential in all aspects of their learning
  • To ensure that family financial difficulties do not impact negatively on pupil wellbeing and opportunities





  • Purchase of early language screening resources (WellComm)
  • Staffing allocated to language and communication interventions (including care plans from Speech & Language therapy)
  • Training for staff:  Communication difficulties and intervention
  • Staff development - quality first teaching and provision for vulnerable pupils
  • Staff allocation for reading, writing and maths intervention programmes and additional 1:1 reading
  • Resources for intervention programmes (e.g. IDL, Phonic Bug reading books)
  • TA3 and Learning Mentor support to promote well-being, resilience and raise self-esteem through small group and 1:1 support sessions.
  • Attendance meetings and rewards for improved attendance and punctuality
  • Additional resources purchased for new intervention rooms
  • Spare uniforms and PE kits 
  • Subsidised enrichment & enhancement activities (eg: Outdoor and Adventurous Residential trips)



If you think your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium funding, click this link to visit the Lancashire County Council Information Pages.


In 2018-2019 the school received £79,516 of pupil premium funding.


In 2017-2018, the school has received £ in pupil premium. This was used to:

  • Employ additional teaching assistants to work with groups of children who are in receipt of pupil premium funding.
  • Retain the IDL Dyslexia programme and teaching assistant time to implement the programme.
  • Provide some financial support for children to participate in school visits.
  • Employ a full time learning mentor to provide emotional and well-being support for individuals and small groups of children.
  • Provide time for the learning mentor to monitor attendance and work with a small minority of parents to assist in improving attendance.
  • To work with children to improve their behaviour and help them achieve positive relationships with other children.
  • Provide training for teaching assistants throught the WRIST cluster group.
  • Provide school uniform and equipment for children in receipt of pupil premium
  • Provide additional time for the SENCO to monitor the progress of these children and ensure that interventions were having a positive impact upon progress and attainment.

Impact of 2017/2018 funding:

  • The majority of pupils participating in the IDL programme made accelerated progress compared to their starting points.
  • There was an increased participation of pupil premium children in extra curricular activities. 
  • Feedback from pupils indicated that they valued the support provided by the learning mentor for behaviour and emotional well-being.
  • Attendance for the small minority of pupils improved as a result of direct intervention and school attendance figures are above the national average.

The pupil results in 2018 show:

  • In KS1, the reading and maths results for pupil premium children is better than non FSM6 children at expected +
  • The KS1 results for reading and maths are 20% above the Lancashire FSM6 data for expected +
  • In maths at KS1 a slightly lower percentage of children achieve expected + compared to non FSM6 children but the data is in line with Lancashire data.
  •  in KS2 reading the gap between FSM6 and non FSM6 children (6.8%) was smaller than the national gap of 15.7%.  A higher percentage of children achieved expected + (75%) compared to the national data of 64.3%
  • In KS2 writing the gap was larger than the national average but this area will be a focus for 2018-2019.
  • In KS2 maths the gap of 16.3% was in line with national data.  The attainment of the pupil premium children was broadly in line with the national data. 
  • In grammar, punctuation and spelling the gap oof 12.9% was smaller than the national gap of 15%.  A higher percentage of children achieved expected+ (75%) compared to the national of 67%.



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