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Pupil Premium

The school offers well-judged support for disadvantaged pupils, such as those in receipt of pupil premium funding and this ensures consistently good achievements.' Ofsted 2013


What is Pupil Premium?


In April 2011, the government introduced the Pupil Premium and the Service Premium.  These gave schools additional funding to diminish any gaps in attainment for disadvantaged pupils and children in care as well as to assist the pastoral needs of children with parents in the armed forces.  How the Pupil Premium is spent is closely monitored and schools are accountable for the impact of the money spent.


Research shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are far less likely to get good GCSE results.  The government believes that it is unacceptable for children’s successes to be determined by their social circumstances, and intends to raise levels of achievement for all disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.


Schools can decide how the money is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within their responsibility.


How is Pupil Premium spent?  Our rationale


At Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, we believe that all children deserve the very best education, no matter what their background.  We continuously monitor the progress of all our pupils to ensure that they are achieving their full potential.


When deciding how to best use the Pupil Premium, we have used the Education Endowment Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit which provides evidence on how schools can spend money more effectively to improve the teaching and learning of children from low-income families.  Please see the link below for further information:


Our main strategy to support children in receipt of the Pupil Premium is through providing the highest standard of Quality First Teaching.  We ensure that the funding is used to support all disadvantaged  children, regardless of ability, to achieve the highest levels of attainment.  Families may not necessarily be in receipt of pupil Premium but many of our children are affected by the barriers of child poverty evidenced in the South Gloucestershire Child Poverty Needs Assessment.  Please see the link below for further information:


The table below gives examples of how the school uses the Child Poverty Report findings and highlights how the school is using its Pupil Premium funding to address these:


'Given the evidence that educational attainment is the key determinant of life chances, tackling the gap between children from low-income families and other pupils whilst aiming to raise attainment, should be a priority for South Gloucestershire' Page 36 The school spends a large % (70%+) of its PP funding on academic support targeting English, mathematics and specific needs of individuals. The school uses the Education Endowment Foundations research to inform it's planning of interventions and catch up programmes.
‘Social disadvantages, such as
negative prior educational
experience, low confidence, poor
health, and limited information,
advice and guidance which lock
negative attitudes and practices in
place from an early age.’ Page 48
The school spends 16% of its PP funding on well being interventions. These include emotional and behavioural support which aims to increase confidence, self esteem and aspiration. The school team aim to challenge negative attitudes and empower families and children
‘Fuel poverty can impact negatively
on children’s health and long-term
life prospects. Children living in cold
homes are more than twice as likely
to suffer from a variety of respiratory
problems as children living in warm homes.' Page 57
The school uses some of its pupil
premium funding to employ an
Education Welfare Officer who
works with families to address
housing issues as well as the health
issues resulting in poor attendance
at school.
The national Child Poverty Strategy found that “If every child does well at school and finds a job, they would earn more for themselves and
boost economic growth” Page 21
The school uses some
of its pupil premium funding on enrichment and engagement activities such extra-curricular activities. We ensure that all PP attend educational visits by supporting them with the cost. The school aims that all its pupils hold the highest aspirations and understand that passion and hard work lead to high achievement.


What are our plans for 2018/19?

 Our funding for the academic year 2018/19 is £23020

Our aim is to use the funding to:

  • Providing educational support which raises the achievement of these pupils so that it is in line with their peers and national expectations;
  • Providing emotional and social support where appropriate;
  • Addressing any inequalities in opportunity faced by these pupils.


In addition to this, we will use the funding to address barriers that particularly link to our current Pupil Premium children.  These are:

  • The overall attendance of our current PP children is below that of children who are not entitled to the funding.  Attendance includes lateness, broken weeks and persistent non attendance;
  • Additional factors such as SEN;
  • Circumstances in the home which have an impact on some of the children’s emotional well-being in school.


Our Pupil Premium funding allocation for 2018 - 19 is £23,020. Our planned spend is £24,175.   The Pie Chart below gives an overview of how we intend to allocate these funds.


Please see below a detail breakdown of our planned spend and the rationale behind it, together with a review of our 2016/17 strategy and its impact and our Pupil Premium policy.
Does your child qualify for the Pupil Premium?  If your child qualifies for free school meals or you are in the armed forces, the school will,in return, receive additional funding to support them.  Please follow the link below to see if you meet the criteria: