The government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant is additional to main school funding and is allocated from Central Government to support children who;
- are currently, or have been, eligible for free school meals
- children who have been looked after as a result of adoption, a special guardianship order or a child arrangement order continuously for more than 6 months
- have a parent employed in military services.The pupil premium strategy is reviewed annually in the autumn term of each academic year. It is up to individual schools how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
The funding is allocated directly to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers by removing barriers to learning. At St Dominic's Catholic Primary School, we support all our pupils by providing high quality teaching, supplemented by interventions to support learners as and when required. The Governing Body monitors the impact of all spending and interventions, including Pupil Premium.
Pupil Premium is used to help our most vulnerable children to close the gap with both their emotional and academic needs. We prioritize our support of children who are at risk of not achieving their potential to diminish the differences with their peers. We do this through removing barriers to learning: either financial, emotional or in terms of gaps in their learning.
What are the barriers to our eligible children’s learning?
We know that some of our pupils eligible for Pupil Premium face one or more of the following barriers to learning:
- Learning difficulties – acquiring basic skills in school
- Emotional and social difficulties – making friends or relating to adults or behaving properly in school or at home
- Mental health difficulties - for the pupil or someone in their family
- Specific learning difficulties – with reading, writing, number work or understanding information
- Sensory or physical needs – which might affect them in school
- Communication problems – in expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying
- Medical or health condition – which may slow down a child’s progress and / or involves treatment that affects his or her education
- Financial or practical difficulties
- Emotional / Social issues caused by external factors beyond the pupil’s control
What are our priorities?
- To ensure good progress for all pupils
- To ensure that financial barriers do not exclude pupil access to the wider curriculum
- To support families in overcoming financial or practical difficulties
- To support pupils with emotional / mental health issues
- Improve attendance and prevent exclusions
What we do.
- Employ Teaching Assistants to run interventions and provide extra support in and out of the classroom
- Employ an Pupil Support Worker to support when needed
- Employ an Educational Psychologist or Play Therapist to support pupils when needed
- Provide focused tuition sessions for identified pupils, including 1:1 music lessons
- Provide Intervention resources to support sessions which will help children diminish
- Provide high quality CPD to Teachers and Support Staff so that they are able to support pupils appropriately and have an increased
understanding of pupils needs. E.g. Resilience training.
- Subsidised attendance at Breakfast Club and After School Club when needed
- Subsidised funding for extra-curricular activities such as day trips, residential trips etc.
- Subsidised funding for school uniform
- Provide termly pupil progress meeting to review progress and highlight areas for concern
- Evaluate impact of interventions on individuals
Please read the information below which gives further details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we have allocated the funding.