Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011 and is funding allocated to schools for:
- children of statutory school age from low-income families who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings
- children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months
- children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces
- children adopted on or after 30 December 2005
This includes pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years. Schools are free to spend Pupil Premium as they see most beneficial for each child, at the agreement of the Governing Body.
At St Paulinus, our additional Pupil premium money is spent on booster groups or one to one teaching and a Higher Level Teaching Assistant is deployed to work with these groups during the week. These groups are focused mainly on ensuring those children make at least good progress across the curriculum.
The pupil premium money is also spent on interventions specific to the children's needs (social/emotional, behavioural or speech and language). Groups are identified by the class teacher, Head Teacher and Inclusion Manager during pupil progress meetings and intervention is put in place “fill the gaps” in the pupils learning and addressing their overall developmental needs.