Pupil Premium

Sacred Heart RC Primary School Pupil Premium Statement 2016

Schools are allocated a sum of money called the Pupil Premium to support children who require additional help with their work.  The allocation is calculated according to the intake of the school and the children that have been in receipt of Free School Meals in the last six years or have been in care for six months or longer. At Sacred Heart RC Primary School all governors and staff share a strong commitment to doing our utmost to remove any barriers that might hinder a child’s development. We are determined to close any gap in attainment between those children eligible for pupil premium and other children. We intend to maximise the achievement of all our children.

Barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at Sacred Heart RC Primary School  are:

  • Homework completion where achieving this weekly out of school is  a barrier to  learning
  • Family situations causing barriers to learning through ongoing distress with pupils in need of emotional support, counselling  and development of life skills
  • Access to enrichment opportunities to develop social and emotional skills and improve self esteem where these are barriers to learning
  • Aspects unique to the individual pupil- targeted support for these areas as determined by assessments eg difficulties with Reading
  • Ensuring that low expectations are not a barrier to achievement- not settling for more able pupils only reaching expected levels for their age

The features of the school’s use of pupil premium.

A number of key principles underpin our use of Pupil Premium

  • The funding is always spent on the target group of children.
  • Eligibility for pupil premium is not confused with low ability. We focus on supporting our disadvantaged children to achieve the highest levels.
  • We carefully analyse which children underachieve and why.
  • The children eligible for pupil premium are taught by experienced and effective teachers and Higher Level Teaching staff (within intervention) and supported by skilled teaching assistants.
  • We use achievement data frequently to monitor the progress of all children. We check whether pupil premium interventions are working and to see the difference the funding is making to outcomes for children.

Our Pupil Premium Allocation for last year (2015-16) was £65,200

Our Pupil Premium allocation for 2016-17 is £70,060

At Sacred Heart RC Primary School we have decided to use this money to:

  • Increase the Teaching Assistant support in class and the delivery of intervention programmes
  • To employ a Higher Level Teaching Assistant to work with groups of children and also those most vulnerable.
  • Provide additional tutoring for some children who receive Pupil Premium in English and Maths.
  • Appoint an experienced Teacher to provide one-to-one and small group support in KS2.
  • It should be noted that we spent more on this initiative than was allocated to the school.

The impact will be measured annually using progress data for those pupils eligible for Pupil Premium and by seeking feedback from pupils and parents. The strategy will be reviewed September 2017

Impact (2015 Data)

  • 5% made better than expected progress for reading (Average Point Score) Average increase for Ever6 children is 14.5APS. This is outstanding progress closing the gap by 2.5 points
  • 5% made better than expected progress for writing. Average increase for Ever6 children 14.25APS. This is outstanding progress closing the gap by 2.25 points
  • 5% made better than expected progress for writing. Average increase for Ever6 children 12.9APS this is good progress closing the gap by 0.9 points