St Mary’s Church of England (A) Primary School
‘Living, loving and learning in God’s care’
St Mary’s Church of England Primary School Pupil Premium Principles
The purpose the PP funding is clearly articulated:
– Improve the academic outcomes of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities
– Close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils of all abilities across the country. ‘There is a growing body of evidence on how schools can best help disadvantaged pupils make progress. The needs of all pupils should be assessed and the grant used to make maximum impact in the school.’
As a school we have been encouraged to take a longer view of the support the grant will provide. Our principles will allow the school to align our plans with the wider school improvement strategy and Vision 2023 document. The principles are fundamental to school development.
This will have greater positive impact on spending and will consider the following:-
– Teaching practice
– Staff development
Some of the most effective spending will be on whole school strategies, including improving the quality of teaching, which has the potential to impact positively on all pupils. Our Pupil Premium strategy is rooted in our whole-school ethos. It indirectly and directly continues to embed our Christian Values of courage, perseverance, gratitude, thoughtfulness, kindness and forgiveness. We live, love and learn in God’s care. Pupils in our school, work and play together and support each other. Parents and families readily support their pupils children’s learning at home and encourage participation in enrichment opportunities to widen their curriculum experience further, eg dance events, Mucklestone Music Mash (our school choir and orchestra), community events, sporting tournaments, workshops in school etc.
Spending on improving teaching might include professional development, training and support for NQTs and recruitment and retention. Ensuring an effective teacher is in front of every class, and that every teacher is supported to keep improving, is the key ingredient of a successful school and should rightly be a priority for our Pupil Premium spending. We know that if you provide high-quality teaching that is effective for disadvantaged learners, then you are providing effective teaching for all.
Targeted academic support
Evidence consistently shows the positive impact that targeted academic support can have, including on those who are not making good progress across the spectrum of achievement. Considering how our classroom teachers and teaching assistants can provide targeted academic support, including how to link structured one-to-one or small group intervention to classroom teaching, is likely to be a key component of an effective Pupil Premium strategy.
Wider strategies relate to the most significant non-academic barriers to success in school, including attendance, social and emotional support. Although these barriers present as minimal in our school these may be considered according to pupils’ need.
Examples of historic spending at St Mary’s Primary School:-
• Funding research- based intervention for individuals or small groups
• TA and Class teacher support for pre learning, over learning and gap filling targeted teaching
• Support for emotional or pastoral needs (nurture group)
• Providing additional sporting opportunities and extra- curricular clubs
• Funding for enrichment day workshops centred around sport, dance and wider performing arts
• Provide pupils with one to one or whole class music tuition for an instrument of their choice
• Funding to attend residentials
• Visits and trips throughout the academic year
• Support to purchase school uniform
• Breakfast and snacks
C. Hill. March 2022.
Pupil Premium funding was introduced by the Coalition Government in April 2012. Pupils qualify as being eligible for Pupil Premium funding at St Mary’s Church of England (A) Primary School, if they are in Reception to Year 6 and satisfy at least one of the following-
They have received Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years.
There are now or have been previously in the care of the Local Authority.
They are children of Service Personnel.
This means that the school receives additional funding for your child.
Why has Pupil Premium been introduced?
Pupil Premium (PP) funding has been allocated to schools so that they can address the achievement differences between pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium and those who are not. The average achievement of this group of pupils, nationally, is typically lower than the remainder of the cohort and we strive to diminish this difference in academic achievement and ensure increased progress in learning. It is the best way to address currently underlying inequalities. The school is charged with allocating this money (which is additional to main school funding) to maximise pupil achievement; as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.