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St Albans

Pupil Premium

St Alban’s Catholic Primary School

Pupil Premium Statement 2017-2018

The government allocates Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding.  It is intended to tackle disadvantage and is targeted to reach the pupils who need it most. The funding is allocated to pupils from Reception to Year 11 who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), are looked after or have ever been or have parents currently in the Armed Forces. This funding is allocated for schools to raise the attainment of FSM students and close the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and other students.  Historically there is a gap in attainment between these groups of children.

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and paid to local authorities by means of a specific grant based on the January school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for FSM in Reception to Year 11. For Looked After Children, the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children Looked After data returns (SSDA903).  From April 2012 the coverage of the Premium was widened to include those eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years.

It has been for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. For the financial year 2017-2018 St Alban’s Catholic Primary School has been allocated £44,880.

Overview (in numbers)

Total number of pupils on roll 209
Total of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding 34 (16%)
Amount of Pupil Premium funding received per pupil £1,320
Total forecast amount of Pupil Premium funding for 2017/2018 £44,880

 

It is important to recognise that the Pupil Premium funding is not the only income that we deploy to support groups of learners and to “narrow the gap”.  The Governors, the Head Teacher and staff of St Alban’s Catholic Primary School provide a wide range of support to families and children, working closely in partnership to improve academic outcomes for all pupils.

We deploy the Pupil Premium funding to ensure that we are successful in narrowing the gap and raising achievement for all children from low income and or/other disadvantaged backgrounds.

 

We have prioritised the use of Pupil Premium as follows:

  • FSM pupils
  • Pupils ‘Looked After’ by the Local Authority
  • Other vulnerable group students who are in danger of underachieving

The pupil premium for 2017/2018 has been used to provide additional teaching support throughout the school from both teachers and teaching assistants. In addition 1: 1 support has been provided for identified pupils in Years 5 and 6 together with booster provision for children judged to be border line in working toward age related expectations by the Spring Term of Year 6.

We have also used the funds to provide additional intervention in KS1 with a qualified teacher who has been supporting children identified as not making necessary progress or attainment. The additional funding has allowed us to extend our range of intervention programmes, purchase additional resources and provide additional training for teaching assistants. The Pupil Premium Funding has also allowed the school to subsidise school trips and provide additional resources throughout the school.

The progress of all vulnerable groups in St Alban’s Catholic Primary School is tracked thoroughly with gaps being continually identified and addressed.

We continue to work on developing resilience, raising attainment and ensuring good progress (either pastorally or academically).

It should be noted that although Free School Meal entitlement is used by the government to determine Pupil Premium Funding, it should not be assumed that children in receipt of Free School Meals are necessarily behind their peers academically.

KS2 SATs 2017 Reading, Writing, Maths (combined)

Expected Standard + High Standard
Sch % Nat % Sch % Nat %
Disadvantaged 60 67 20 11
Free School Meals 60 67 20 11
Looked After Children N/A 61 N/A 9
Whole Cohort 67 61 17 9