The Pupil Premium gives publically funded schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11.
The criteria by which schools are funded is linked to a child or young person’s eligibility for free school meals at any point in the previous 6 years. The level for the financial year 2015- 6 is £1320.00 for primary aged pupils and £935 per pupil of secondary age. There is also funding of £1,900 per pupil who has been looked after for 1 day or more, has been adopted from care or has left care under a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangements order.
Schools are accountable for how they spend the funding and must have evidence in relation to:
- the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding
- the progress made by these pupils
- the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers
St John’s RC School and pupil premium funding
Despite the obvious eligibility of St John’s to receive pupil premium, we do not receive the funds for all eligible pupils.
In academic year 2014/15 we received funding in respect of 15 pupils from Tower Hamlets and Redbridge.
In the academic year 2015/16 we received funding for 22 pupils
The funds were directed in the following ways to offset in part the costs of:
- I day per week music therapist – £ 5.500
- Occupational Therapy support for 1 days per week for targeted pupils – £10,500
- Educational residential trips- £600
- Enhanced staffing ratios for complex classes
Analysis of data in relation to achievement shows us that there is no gap in attainment in relation to those pupils who have either attracted the funding OR who were entitled but did not receive the funding and their peers. (As a school, we took the decision not to exclude any pupils from interventions, including those who were entitled but did not receive funding .)
Please refer to CASPA data as well as other pupil progress data for evidence.
In academic year 2016/7, we have received funding for 19 pupils from the local authorities of Tower Hamlets and Redbridge.
This year we have directed funding towards:
- Enhanced staffing ratios for complex classes.
- Specialist language and communication teacher input £20,000.
- Specialist Occupational and music therapy input £10.500
- We have also used the funding to offset the costs of participating in a residential educational visit in the summer term for 4 pupils at a cost of £800.
- 1 KS4 and 1 sixth form pupil has also been provided with an Ipad to enable them to carry out projects and homework. There attainment has been recorded so that their progress can be analysed.
Evaluation at July 2017
As in previous years, analysis of data shows us that there is again no gap in attainment between those entitled to pupil premium and their peers. In fact young people entitled to FSM outperform non- FSM pupils by a small margin.