Pupil Premium (Disadvantaged)
WHAT IS THE PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING?
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
Pupil Premium Funding is available to:
- local-authority-maintained schools, including:
- special schools (for children with special educational needs or disabilities)
- pupil referral units (PRUs - for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)
- academies and free schools, including
- special academies (for children with special educational needs or disabilities)
- alternative provision (AP) academies (for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)
- voluntary-sector alternative provision (AP), with local authority agreement
- non-maintained special schools (NMSS - schools for children with special educational needs that the Secretary of State for Education has approved under section 342 of the Education Act 1996)
Pupil Premium Funding is based on the number of children eligible for FSM from 1st April to 31st March, as well as those who have been entitled to FSM within the last 6 years. The money is also allocated according to the number of LAC in the continuous care of the local authority for 6 months.
GUIDANCE ON WHAT THE FUNDING COULD BE USED FOR
We recognise that because the funding is not ring fenced, schools have the freedom to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils, to improve their attainment. Our main priority will be that the strategic use of Pupil Premium funding will support our target to ‘narrow the gap’ for children particularly at the end of KS1 and KS2.
ST. AUGUSTINE’S SCHOOL’S PRINCIPLES
- In St. Augustine’s the Governors and staff are committed to meeting the pastoral, social and academic needs of all children within our Catholic environment. This is an integral part of the spiritual development of the whole school community.
- As part of our Catholic Mission, we accept responsibility for those children who are ‘socially disadvantaged’ so that they have fair access to education, the curriculum, additional teaching and learning opportunities.
- Pupil Premium funding is based on those children eligible for FSM and LAC but the Governors reserve the right to use the funding to support any child of groups of children the school has legitimately identified as vulnerable or socially disadvantaged.
- We recognise that not all children who are eligible for FSM will be socially disadvantaged and not all children who are eligible for FSM are registered.
HOW WE WILL SPEND THE FUNDING
- Reducing class sizes in Years 4, 5 & 6 for delivery of Maths or English
- 1:1 tuition
- Targeted intervention groups
- Release time for teachers to carry out effective feedback
- Parent support (removing barriers to learning e.g. attendance, adult learning, health and housing).
- Family learning
- Funding for extra-curricular activities, including a contribution to residential activities and educational visits
- Targeted support for more able children on FSM to achieve ‘Above Age Related Expectations’/ ‘Work At Greater Depth’
- Support for music tuition
- Reading support before school for children who do not have the opportunity to read at home.
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained TAs, HLTAs or external agencies
- Additional LSA support in class
- Brentwood Catholic Children Services offer counselling for children with emotional difficulties.
- Year 2 and Year 6 booster classes
SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT AND REVIEW OF pupil premium FUNDING
The school’s PUPIL PREMIUM INFORMATION 2015-16 document highlights how the school deployed the funding in 2015/16 and its impact on pupils’ attainment and progress. To find out how the school will spend this year’s allocation, please review the PUPIL PREMIUM PLAN 2016/17.