At St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School, we place the value of every child at the heart of everything that we do. If a child needs support, irrespective of who they are – then they get that support. We teach, assess, track and monitor all of our children very carefully and closely, and any child who does not make progress or is falling behind against their end of year targets are flagged up for support and a programme of support and/or intervention is put in place to support that child to overcome the barriers to their learning.
How is Pupil Premium funding generated?
Pupil premium funding is generated by the number of pupils who are currently receiving Free School Meals and those who have received them at some point over the last six years (not universal free school meals offer). The reason that FSM pupils are used to generate the pupil premium funding is because research has been done nationally, which indicates that children in receipt of a Free School Meal are the ones who are generally underachieving compared to national averages. That is not to say that every child who is a FSM pupil is underachieving and/or not on track for their personal end of key stage targets. But generally speaking, pupils who are in receipt of FSM are the most disadvantaged pupils nationally.
What is a disadvantaged pupil?
A disadvantaged pupil is a child who:
- Has a significant social, cultural or economic barrier in place which affects their ability to learn effectively and make progress in line with their peers.
- Is working below or well below their age related levels
- Is not on track to achieve their end of key stage targets (i.e. achieve their potential).
Does a disadvantaged pupil have to be working below age related levels?
No. A disadvantaged child may be a high ability or gifted & talented child. However, this child may not be on track to achieve their end of key stage targets (i.e. achieve their potential) due to personal social, cultural or economic barriers. Every child has the right to achieve well and reach their potential… no matter what barriers may lie in their way.
How do we identify who our most disadvantaged pupils are at St. Anne’s?
If a ‘Disadvantaged pupil’ – i.e. a FSM Child is on track for their end of year target AND they are at least in line with their age related expectations, then they may not need extra support. However, if they are not making or making very slow progress towards their end of year target and/or below their age related expectations – then they will be targeted for support and/or intervention.
However, if they don’t need the support - then we direct that help to where the area of need is the greatest and so we apply this system in the same way for every other child within our school. We want every child to achieve well and reach their potential.
At St. Anne’s, our aim for every pupil is for them to reach their goals and to stretch beyond. We place a great emphasis on narrowing the attainment gap, but recognise that children are not robots. They are not products of a productions line. Each and every child is individual and complex in their own way. They are special. And more often than not, if they are not where they should be in terms of their attainment, then there is usually more than one reason as to why that is. Here at St. Anne’s, we identify those reasons and try our very best to improve them. Children who attract pupil premium are identified in teachers’ planning.
The Government provides additional funding to schools which is to be used to improve outcomes for pupils who receive free school meals.
You can read more about the Pupil Premium by following this link: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium/b0076063/pp (http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium/b0076063/pp)
Our Pupil Premium Statement
In recent years, St. Anne’s School has received allocations as follows:
- £75,760 in 2014/15
- £73,760 in 2015/16
The Pupil Premium Allocation for the academic year in 2016/2017 is £63,360
This money has and is being used to enhance provision and alleviate inequality in the following ways:
- 1:1 and small group work, focusing on raising standards in reading, Writing and Maths through a variety of approaches
- Additional staff support in classrooms and providing smaller Year 1 classes.
Along with the provision of:
- Enrichment beyond the curriculum, such as funding educational trips or clubs for a smaller number of pupil
- Support for pupils with emotional difficulties
- Nurture groups and activities to boost self-esteem or address particular needs.
St Anne’s Staff and Governors are committed to enabling all children to enjoy and achieve their learning; the Pupil Premium funding enhances provision and is used in addition to funds from the schools allocated budget.