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St Francis Church of England School

Pupil Premium

 "Leaders make effective use of pupil premium funding... to provide additional support where needed, both in the classroom and in developing pupils' emotional and social skills"

"The effective teaching of disadvantaged pupils has accelerated their progress and closed the gaps in progress with that of other pupils in the school and nationally"

OFSTED June 2016

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The grant is based on the number of pupils who have been in receipt of free school meals at any stage in the last six years and the numbers of pupils in Local Authority care.

All children in Reception and Year 1 and 2 are automatically entitled to Free School Meals. Your Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 child may be entitled to Pupil Premium too, but they can benefit from this only if you have specifically registered their entitlement to Free School Meals. If you think your child may be entitled to benefit from Pupil Premium, please contact us to find out what steps you need to take.  Email or phone us on 01865 468190.

The school receives additional funding through the government’s pupil premium which is targeted at improving the achievement of pupils from less privileged backgrounds. The grant is based on the number of pupils in receipt of free school meals, (FSM), children who have had FSM in the last 6 year (Ever 6), pupils in local authority care, adopted or in guardianship orders with a friend or relative, and those whose parents are in the Armed Forces.

How much does the school receive and how does it spend it? 

In 2020/21 the school received £92,460 of additional funding through pupil premium. This year (2021-2022) we will also receive £92,460.  The money contributes towards raising aspiration, attainment and achievement by developing quality first teaching and engagement in learning. It also covers the cost of our Home School Link Worker who supports families with issues at home, and contributes towards the cost of a programme of teaching-assistant-led interventions, including Speech and Language support in the Early Years. The Home School Link worker and Amber Zone Team also support children's social and emotional development through an integrated and targeted support programme to enable children to reach their full potential.

Since April 2020 school leaders with responsibility for administering the PPG have drawn on these helpful publications from the Children’s Commissioner and the Education Endowment Foundation:

Children's Commissioner - Tackling-the-disadvantage-gap-during-the-covid-19-crisis.pdf

Education Endowment Foundation- Best-evidence-on-impact-of-school-closures-on-the-attainment-gap/

If you would like any additional information please contact the school to speak to our Co-Acting Headteacher, Miss Gillian McDermott

Please see the reports below for a full breakdown of last year's spending and the impact this had on educational achievement. 

Pupil Premium Strategy 2022 - 2023

Pupil Premium Strategy 2020-2021

Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-2020

Pupil Premium Strategy 2018-2019

Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-2018