What is Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium Grant is government money designed to help disadvantaged children and young people do well at school. The funding is allocated to schools for children from Reception to Year 11 who have registered for free school meals in the last six years, are in care of the local authority (Looked After) or have parents in the Armed Forces. In 2015/16 the funding allocated is £1320 per child and £1900 for Looked After Children.
At St Mary’s we continually review the progress and attainment of the children in our care. Senior leaders and class teachers regularly analyse how well our disadvantaged pupils do compared with those from more affluent backgrounds. Decisions are then made based on identified priority areas.
Children need to come to school every day and we are pleased with our high levels of attendance. We know that good attendance leads to high standards and good progress and so we allocate funding to our excellent educational welfare service whose officers work closely with our families to ensure attendance remains high.
We know that children do best when they feel safe, calm and in control of their emotions. Consequently, we prioritise children’s emotional well-being and work closely with many of our families, giving help and advice on a range of practical difficulties as well as being a sensitive listening ear. Our Junior Nurture Groups provide social and emotional support to many pupils as do our 1:1 support groups.
All pupils are entitled to the very best curriculum and learning opportunities whatever their level of ability so we ensure that our disadvantaged pupils receive help when they find learning difficult but are also offered challenges in areas where they excel. We also ensure they have the very best resources and enrichment opportunities through visits to places of interest and participation in community events.
Pupil Premium spending is reviewed every term and future priorities are made in response to new research as well as the school’s rigorous self-evaluation processes.