In 2011-12 the Government launched it’s Pupil Premium funding. This money is sent to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM); are in the care of the Local Authority; have been adopted since 2005 and are in full time education or have parents working for the Armed Forces. From 2012-13, it has been expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years. This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.
Total number of pupils on roll (September 2017) :59
Pupil Premium : 9
Amount of Pupil Premium Grant (2016/17) received : £12,460 Amount of Pupil Premium Grant (2017/18) received : £13,040
We are very pleased that children receiving pupil premium at St Patrick’s School achieve well.
During the financial year 2017-18, we are providing one-to-one support for those pupils needing to accelerate their reading. This intervention is proving successful in all cases. Some funds are being used to ensure that there is adequate group support from a teaching assistant in each class for Numeracy and Literacy. Teaching assistant support also provides additional small group teaching for those children needing a little extra individual help.
Analysis of interventions run by teaching assistants for those children receiving Pupil Premium funding shows good impact on raising attainment.
We believe that support for pupil’s social development is also necessary for them to be happy and achieve well. We employ a teaching assistant who supports children’s SEN as well as providing sessions to raise self-esteem and well being. Through our funding, we employ a music specialist who providers weekly guitar lessons for all Year 4 pupils. We have also used pupil premium to support families particular needs, such as trips and extra curricular activities.