What is the pupil premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. From September 2014, the premium will be worth £935 and goes to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); £1,900 goes to any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 goes to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the Ministry of Defence.
Why is there a pupil premium?
Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE national statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.
How many pupils at St. Patrick’s are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
Since 2015 onwards, the percentage of pupils at St. Patrick’s Catholic College eligible for the Pupil Premium has been at 43% for the whole school cohort (figs Dec. 2017). In some academic year groups, the figure is as high as 50% of pupils being eligible for the funding.
Is there an issue with eligible pupils not applying for FSM?
Parents in receipt of Child Tax Credit are required to complete a free school meal application form, and it is vital that the application form is completed to allow additional funding to be released to the school.
How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?
The progress of Disadvantaged pupils is rigorously and regularly tracked both academically and pastorally. There are 4 assessment points for Y7-10 throughout the academic year and 2 assessment points for Y11 pupils. At all of these points, the data will be used to identify underachievement in all subject areas and across all year groups. Disadvantaged (PP) pupils who are identified as underachieving will then have targeted intervention appropriate to their needs.
The guidelines for how to allocate the funding are issued by the Department for Education and can be accessed by following the link below:
Pupil Premium Documents