In 2011-12 the Government launched its Pupil Premium funding. This money is given to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-13, it was expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years.
At St Mary's, we are completely committed to the ideal of ‘every child matters’ & are driven by our values that focus on enhancing pupil achievement & well being, irrespective of their personal circumstances. In short, we want ALL of our children to do well & to thrive in their learning!
We seek to meet the needs of all of our pupils from through careful analysis of progress data on a termly basis & design intervention strategies where necessary to meet each pupil’s needs. Whilst our school has traditionally received a low amount, Pupil Premium funding gives a method of further supporting some of our more disadvantaged pupils in order that we can ‘close the gap’ & ensure that they get the very best advantage from their time with us.
This year, our Pupil Premium allocation for 2020-21 is £67,250. This has been spent on continuing to employ an additional teacher to reduce class sizes in KS2; improving Reading & Phonics provision as well as developing a school library; providing high needs support for Pupil premium as well as EAL and SEN pupils; enabling enrichment opportunities so that none of our pupil premium children are further disadvantaged by not being able to fully take part in our vibrant curriculum.
✓ The outcomes of FSM pupils vary at different times depending on the children & their individual needs. Sometimes, our FSM children appear in multiple pupil groups such as SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) which then affects their academic outcomes.
✓ Where FSM pupils do not have Special Educational Needs & Disabilities, they normally attain within the expected range or above in comparison to the national average.
✓ Most of our FSM pupils make good to outstanding progress.
✓ FSM pupils also show increased confidence as a result of targeted interventions, greater levels of support or access to extra-curricular activities