PUPIL PREMIUM STATEMENT OF INTENT
When Michael Gove was appointed to the position of Secretary of State for Education, he expressed his, and the governments’, intention to provide additional money to support the education of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The measure to be used for this additional support, was free school meals. Schools are now given additional funding for children on their role who are entitled to free school meals, or have been within the last six years. This school year St. Francis of Assisi School will receive £113,520.
The main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at our school are:
- Social and emotional difficulties, requiring mentor and peer support, nurture and family support and counseling.
- Low starting point and a readiness to learning with ‘behaviour for learning’ in school, requiring additional adult support and intervention.
- Language – access to books, ebooks and audiobooks, due to a large number of children joining school with very limited knowledge and understanding of the English Language.
- Lack of opportunities and access to extra-curricular activities – educational experiences such as trips, music lessons and participation in physical activities
- Parental engagement with school – ensuring more parents engage with the school, including parent workshop events, reading mornings, school coffee mornings, parents’ evenings and recently established PTA
At St. Francis of Assisi, funds have been allocated as follows:
- Additional support staff – all classes now have at least one full time teaching assistant and some have more, where particular children need additional help and support. This is the main use of funding.
- Increase in specialist, experienced support, such as an experienced teaching assistant to support those children needing more focused help learning English and behaviour support 1:1 where required.
- Purchase of additional resources to ensure practical, hands on equipment to promote learning.
- Support for enrichment activities such as visits out of school and visitors into school.
A more detailed breakdown of how this additional funding is used and the impact of the expenditure can be found in the Pupil Premium Report (above), available and updated annually. The next review of the Pupil Premium strategy is September 2019.
Although this additional funding is available for children who have free school meals, parents should be reassured that we always aim to meet the needs of all children and those needing additional support who may not be receiving this entitlement, will get the support they need.
The Pupil Premium allocation is calculated on the following numbers:
– number of pupils eligible for the Service Child PP (children of service personel)
– number of Looked After Children
– number of children eligible for Free School Meals (within a 6 year period)
Helping Us! If you feel your child/children may be entitled to free school meals, please speak to Mrs.Cartwright who will be able to advise you about applying. There is no stigma attached. Children who have free school meals are treated in exactly the same way as those who pay for meals or have packed lunches. If you are entitled, not only will your child/ren get a free, healthy, wholesome meal each day, s/he or they will bring additional funding into school and that can’t be a bad thing!
The PP Statement of Intent is reviewed annually, in September.
The PP Report is reviewed annually, in July.