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Pupil Premium

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

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.
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Pupil Premium Action Plan / Impact Statement

The Department for Education released a suggested format for schools to use when publishing their Pupil Premium Plan for this academic year and to account for the impact of the previous year’s funding. 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.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement new 2023.24