The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement.
It was introduced in September 2011 and is now allocated to schools based on the number of pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the previous six years. Schools also receive funding based on the number of pupils they have who have been in the care of the Local Authority continuously for more than six months, and also for any service personnel children who attend the school.
The Government believes that school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium to ‘close the attainment gap’. All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received and how this is being used.
Some of the strategies used in St Mary’s and funded by Pupil Premium are:
- To provide short-term intervention programmes to support and quicken the progress of underachieving pupils
- To provide one-to-one tuition, small group focused work and mentoring for some pupils.
- The provision of services designed to enhance the progress of potentially under-achieving pupils, such as the implementation of evidence based initiatives in literacy and numeracy.
- Financial Assistance for pupils attending residential and educational trips.
For detailed information of annual expenditure and the impact of these strategies please refer to the document below.