Pupil Premium 2020-2021
What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that targets extra money for pupils from what are classed as “disadvantaged” backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds underachieve compared to their peers. The premium is provided to enable pupils to be supported to reach their potential.
The Government has used pupils entitled to Free School Meals (FSM), Looked After Children and Service Children as indicators of deprivation and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools, per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a six year period.
Pupil Premium at Saint William's Catholic Primary School
We have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure. At Saint William's Catholic Primary School we are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential.
Money has been ring-fenced and used to benefit all Pupil Premium children. We have established clear lines of responsibility, with the Headteacher, Senco and a link governor taking responsibility for spending decisions.
At Saint William's Catholic Primary School our Pupil Premium money does represent a significant proportion of our budget and we have planned spending carefully to ensure it has and continues to be spent to maximum effect. This has meant making informed decisions such as:
- Ensuring spending is directly linked to gaps in attainments and school improvement priorities.
- Making use of our own data to devise and expand existing interventions.
- Making sure there is at least good teaching in every lesson.
All staff are aware of areas for development in the school and they know which children are focus children.
Money is used to benefit all Pupil Premium children and supports higher as well as lower ability children by extending the provision on offer.
Since the Pupil Premium funding was introduced we have seen a marked improvement in outcomes for our children.