The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to schools and academies to:
- raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
- support children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.
It was first introduced in April 2011. Since then the amount schools receive has increased. Schools receive funding based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
We are grateful to all those parents and carers who have applied for Pupil Premium funding for their children. We can use the money in ways that enable all children to maximise their learning, although we do target it at the children who receive it wherever possible.
St. Joseph's Catholic Academy Pupil Premium
At Saint Joseph’s we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure, and we are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding represents a significant proportion of our budget and this policy outlines how we will ensure it is spent to maximum effect.
We are aware that the Pupil Premium, which is aimed at children from Reception to Year 11 pupils, is additional funding given to schools in order to address the inequalities between those children eligible for free school meals and their peers. It is our duty to use the Pupil Premium effectively in order to raise achievement and narrow the gap between those children from low income families, looked after children, children whose parents are serving in the armed forces and their peers.
It is our intention to disaggregate the Pupil Premium funding from the main school budget and to target the groups of pupils that it is intended for. Also, the funding will be spent on strategies considered to be the most effective on raising achievement.
We understand that we will be held accountable on how we use the Pupil Premium and that the achievements must be quantifiable. This will be done by using the school's performance tables to compare the achievement of Pupil Premium pupils with their peers.
By using pupil tracking data effectively we can identify the strengths and weaknesses of individual pupils and groups and then provide the relevant support that is necessary in order to accelerate pupil progress.
Every year we will publish online details on how we intend to spend our Pupil Premium allocation plus an evaluation of its impact from the previous year.
Click here for the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for 2019-20
Click here to see the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2018-19
Click here to see the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2017-18