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 2019-20 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 2019/20 we received funding of £23,020.

The funds were directed in the following ways to offset in part the costs of:

£1330.77 was allocated in direct payments to fund activities such as horse riding.

£4713.18 was used for individual pupils direct Occupational Health equipment and proving targeted support for those pupils with OT on their provision.

£139.84 this was used to purchase special keyboards and webcam.

£18498.00 was allocated to prove direct music therapy support to targeted pupils through the Suffolk music therapy provider. The has been particularly beneficial during the lockdown when students were able to continue accessing support remotely.

£903.09 these monies were used for our learning mentor team to purchase resources which would again enable them to provide focused and targeted support for those young people whom are allocated pupil premium.

£2177.88 This was directed towards the purchase of resources for speech and language where some of our students receive direct SALT input

Evaluation at July 2020

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.