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.