The government believes that pupil premium, which is in addition to main school funding, is the best way to address inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier counterparts by ensuring that funding to redress disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
National research shows that children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in their school life generally have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.
It is also worth noting that many pupils entitled to FSM (and indeed those who are not) also face often multiple vulnerabilities which are a barrier to good achievement. Sacred Heart therefore deploys pupil premium to plan and promote effective intervention and additional support in order to eradicate these barriers over time and accelerate pupil progress, closing the attainment gap between FSM and non-FSM.
The most disadvantaged pupils, including all children who are looked after (CLA), benefit from pupil premium. Any child that has been registered for FSM in the past six year period (known as the “ever 6”) qualifies for pupil premium funding
As CLA often face additional barriers to learning, these pupils also receive additional funding, known as pupil premium plus.
These children receive an increased premium.
Robust tracking of pupil achievement is in place to immediately identify pupils who are under achieving, target effective intervention and support to accelerate progress towards age related expectations, rigorously monitored over time. Obviously, good teaching narrows gaps between those learners who are vulnerable and those that are not. Effective feedback and guidance to pupils is evidenced to be one of the most effective methods of accelerating progress, integrated where necessary with support (sometimes from other agencies) to assist vulnerable families.
At Sacred Heart in 2016/17 we allocated our pupil premium funding of £91,400 as detailed in the plan, which can be accessed following the link below.
If you would like to find out more about the impact of the pupil premium or if you would like to see our plan for spending the allocated funds for 2016-2017