Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals [FSM], children who have been ‘looked after’ [LAC] continuously for more than six months and children from ‘Services’ families eg. the Army. This also includes any pupils eligible for FSM at any time in the last six years.
It is at the discretion of the school how Pupil Premium is spent. One of the main reasons we will be held to account about spending is linked with the national agenda of ‘narrowing the attainment gap’ ie. supporting targeted pupils so that they progress and attain as equally well as their peers.
Schools are required to publish Pupil Premium spending online so that parents/ carers and other stakeholders are made fully aware of the impact of this additional funding.
From April 2015, Early Years Pupil Premium [EYPP], schools and other settings can claim additional funding to support the learning, development and care of 3 and 4 year olds.
For 2018-19, Sacred Heart received £43,440 in Pupil Premium. This is once again, a reduction in the funding that school receives. Use of this funding is set out in the plan below. Regular monitoring activity ensures that Pupil Premium is used to maximum impact:
- half termly data analysis and cohort profiles
- half termly progress review meetings
- profiling by virtual cohort leader, Miss Wilde
- termly accountability to Curriculum Committee Governors
- fortnightly monitoring of attendance, including any persistent absence
- regular review of access to out of hours activities
- pupil voice