The Pupil Premium gives publicly 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 2017- 8 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.
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.
- Schools are accountable for how they spend the funding and must have evidence in relation to In 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
In the academic year 2017/18 we received funding of £22,080 this was for 13 students, 12 from Redbridge and I from Tower Hamlets.
The funds were directed in the following ways to offset in part the costs of:
- 1 day per week music therapist – £ 6.000
- Occupational Therapy support for 1 days per week for targeted pupils – £10,500
- Occupational therapy equipment and resources to aid selected pupils £827.00
- Language development resources for targeted pupils- £800
- iPad to aid learning for selected pupils. £2100
- Enhanced staffing ratios for complex classes
Please refer to CASPA data as well as other pupil progress data for evidence.
In the academic year 2018/19 we received funding of £15,785
The funds were directed in the following ways to offset part costs of;
The three new playground areas;
One area on the field and a new bike track, also another area in the main playground where originally a set of swings were situated. This has been developed into a whole new area with equipment that is designed to satisfy the sensory needs of our pupils whilst also helping them to develop their fine and gross motor skills.
For one specific student the pupil premium has been used to fund weekly riding lessons.
We are also continuing to provide occupational therapy support for targeted pupils and provide the relevant resources and equipment to help facilitate these therapy interventions.
Evaluation at July 2019
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.