The Government believes that Pupil Premium is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle the disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it the most.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months, and children of service children personnel.
The Pupil Premium at St Austin’s Catholic Primary School
The Pupil Premium is extra funding of up to £1,455 (23-24) to support your child’s education. At St Austin’s we use the extra funding to provide pupils with fair and equal opportunities so that they achieve well in all areas of the school.
How we use Pupil Premium funds at St Austin’s
Our aim is to provide first class education to develop and fulfil the potential of all pupils in our care, and the faith development of our pupils is of paramount importance.
At St Austin’s we:-
“Learn to love, love to learn, together in Christ”
At St Austin’s we are passionate about the educational and personal development of your child. Pupil Premium funds are used to help the pupils in many ways including academic and non-academic areas. A financial plan lists the different ways in which funds are used in school. This is used to help with attendance and progress of our pupils. These include:
Progress and Attendance
All school staff help the progress and support of Pupil Premium pupils. They work closely with the Bursar to help with excellent attendance at school, as attendance is strongly linked with academic progress.
Progress of all Pupil Premium pupils, especially in English and Maths
This includes support staff, small group support, intervention opportunities, booster sessions and educational equipment. Teaching Assistants help with pupil progress alongside the first class teaching in our school.
Funding with uniform, breakfast provision, transport to and from school and stationery, where needed, so that the individual needs of our pupils are met.
School educational visits and retreats.
This will make sure that pupils have access to opportunities to help their educational and personal development. This also includes sporting and musical opportunities as well as support with the annual residential visit in Key Stage 2.
Aspiration and Opportunities
Funding to provide advice for Pupil Premium pupils so that they can make good choices about their futures. This also helps pupils to aspire to fulfil their potential to use their God given gifts and talents.
Our financial plan for the year ahead is available on the website and an evaluation of the impact on standards within our school for pupil premium children from 2017/18.
Pupil Premium Outcomes
This year Pupil Premium pupils have achieved positive results in their statutory Year 6 SATs (July 2018).
75 % of Pupil Premium pupils achieved age related expectations in English, Maths and Writing.
Who can get the Pupil Premium Funds?
Pupils can get the Pupil Premium if certain criteria are met. These are:
• Free School Meals Children- children who get, or have had, free school meals in of any the last six years
• Looked after Children in the care of the local authority
• Children who are no longer looked after by the local authority due to adoption, guardianship or residence order
• Service children- children who get the service child premium in any of the previous 4 years as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time this year.
Can your child get the Pupil Premium?
If you think that you may be entitled to receive the Pupil Premium for your child please contact the school office. They will provide you with a form to complete as well as guidance on the completion of the form.
Please contact the Head of School who will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about how our school can best support your child.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information and for working with us to best support the education of your child.
Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.