The ‘Pupil Premium’ was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.
As a school, St. Paul’s supports children who receiving pupil premium funding in a range of ways. These include:
- Full-time Learning Mentor – enabling access to all pupils and families for help and support in all areas of school and family life.
- 0.5 dedicated SENCO time – covering SEN, EAL, LAC and G&T.
- Provision of ‘Lunch Club’ for those children having difficulties with playtimes.
- Part funding of full-time HLTA dedicated to Literacy across the school – mainly supports groups in Rec to Y2 but then able to support those children who still require additional programmes through KS2.
- A wide range of intervention programmes covering curriculum areas and social skills set up and monitored by SENCo in discussion with teaching staff during termly Pupil Progress meetings.
- Outside agencies used regularly to support pupils where necessary: Speech and Language Therapists, Behaviour Team, EAL Team, Educational Psychologist, Herefordshire Mediation (counseling service), Parenting and Family Support Service, ASD Consultant. Where in the past the majority of these services were free to us this is no longer always the case.
- Training for teaching and non-teaching staff according to need. This may be delivered by school staff or by specialists brought in for the occasion.
- 1:1 Learning Support Assistant time given to individuals (sometimes funded through Local Authority SEN funds) where mentoring or support in a specific area is needed. Eg. Touch-typing skills for dyslexic pupils.
- Support offered to families through CAF process. We have two Lead Professionals in school at present that currently have eight CAFs between them. This process draws on a multi-agency approach to supporting families.
Pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium are viewed as a cohort and their needs are scrutinised at termly pupil progress meetings. In individual circumstances we will also consider if we can use funds to support a child or family in any way we can in agreement with the Senior Leadership Team and the family concerned.
If any parents would like to discuss the above in more detail we would be very happy to do so.