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Pupil Premium Grant

“the Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.” (DFE 2012)

The Pupil Premium funding was introduced by the Government in April 2011. Pupil Premium is paid directly to schools, and is allocated for every pupil who receives a free school meal or has been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’), children who have been 'Looked After' by the local authority continuously for more than six months and the children of service personnel.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they are accountable for how they use the additional funding to support pupils. The aim of Pupil Premium funding is to support schools in maximising potential and to close the attainment gap between pupils eligible for Pupil Premium and their peers.

The Governing body are responsible for monitoring the impact of spending and how effectively the school is spending its Pupil Premium to maximise achievement and close the attainment gap between Pupil Premium children and their peers. All measures introduced are effectively monitored by using a robust system for tracking and evaluating the effectiveness of our spending in terms of accelerating progress and raising aspirations.

St. Joseph's is proud of the number of interventions put into place at our school and the plans for future spending in this area. For example, we:

  • operate a variety of classroom interventions to support children's academic, social and emotional progress
  • have a dedicated Inclusion & Pupil Premium Co-ordinator in school to track and monitor progress and the impact of spending
  • have a Family School Support Worker to provide practical and valued support to a number of children and families within our school community
  • have a high number of classroom support assistants at our school
  • ensure that all staff are well trained and contribute to making a real difference for each and every one of our pupils
  • respect that each pupil is an individual and should be entitled to the best possible education as they only get one chance