What the Pupil Premium (PP) means to us and where did it come from?
All our children who are currently on Free School Meals (FSM) or have at some time been on FSM will be registered on the Department for Educations (DfE) Ever 6 list in order to distribute additional funding to schools in the form of the PP. Government statistics show that children on the ever 6 register frequently have lower educational attainment than those that have never been eligible, so they introduced the PP in an aim to close this gap.
Our community does have a high level of deprivation and this funding drastically improves what we can offer our families both in education and family support. We pride ourselves in having the ability to provide additional support for children where needed in the form of grants for uniform, visits and additional resources in classes including one to one interventions and also for supporting the physical, social and health needs of pupils and their families where possible.
What do we use it for?
The Pupil Premium really does allow us to do a lot of things we would not otherwise have the funding to help with, and many people don’t realise what this is for as it is generally used in so many different areas. Some examples are listed below:
• Grants for visits to enhance our children’s experiences
• Uniform assistance grants
• One to one teaching from additional teaching staff, Higher Level Teaching Assistants, Teaching Assistants and specialised staff where needed
• Additional resources for classrooms
• Better facilities to provide our services in
• Additional training for all our staff to improve the whole school community and its educational aims
How much do we get?
The government initially allocates the funding from the number of children on the school roll each January and then finalises these numbers towards the end of the summer term so all our reports are done in the Autumn when we know the final amounts and have time to calculate the total spending and impact it has had on the full academic year it relates to. The government started allocating £623 per eligible pupil in 2011-12 which is now £1320 per pupil. If any child is eligible for FSM, but they don’t apply because they feel they don’t need it or are embarrassed about doing so, we try to tell their family about the overall benefits not just for their child but for the whole school and its community and that there is nothing to be worried about as we do not ‘label’ children FSM because we are an inclusive school.
The Academy at St James is committed to ensuring maximum progress for all groups of children and strives to close any gaps in achievement.
We have a clear, strategic approach to the use of specific Pupil Premium funding and plans are integrated into wider school support and improvement systems. These are monitored and evaluated regularly and in depth data analysis ensures that the correct support and strategies are identified to maximise progress.
For more information on the Pupil Premium please visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium
To see a breakdown of what funding we receive, how we use it and what impact it has had on our children then please click the appropriate report below.
PP Strategy plan November 2021 St James
Below is our table of Pupil Premium Spending 2020 linked to outcomes.
Pupil Premium Action Plan 2020.21 revised 01-02-2021
Below is our table of Pupil Premium Spending 2019 linked to outcomes.
Below is our table of Pupil Premium Spending outcomes from 2018-2019Pupil premium spending 2019 linked to outcomes