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Pupil Premium



General Information

  • Pupil premium is additional funding provided to address the underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers.
  • It is for schools to decide how to allocate this funding as they are best placed to assess where it will have the most impact. Schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils in receipt of FSM.
  • The funding is allocated to schools per FSM pupil.
  • New measures will be included in the performance tables that will indicate the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium funding.
  • Schools are required to show on their websites how the Pupil Premium is being used to narrow the achievement gap and to ensure that pupils at risk of underachieving are identified early, and support and intervention is put in place. This is particularly the case for those that are on FSM or are Looked After Children (LAC).

The Key Facts

  • The Pupil Premium funding is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, and for Looked After Children (where this has been continuous for more than 6 months).
  • In 2013-14 eligibility for the Pupil Premium was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years.
  • It is important that families who are eligible inform school so that the additional funding can be accessed. The level of funding in 2015-2016 is £1320 per pupil (£1900 for looked after children). 

St.Mary’s Allocation 2014-2015

            St Mary’s was allocated £18,200 in Pupil Premium in the financial year 2014-15 and has targeted the funding as follows:

  • Additional TA support to provide class-based and intervention support to enable all pupils to make progress and succeed

o        Phonics booster (phase 3 and 4)

o        One-to-one reading support

o        Maths and writing interventions      

  • Lend Me Your Literacy workshops to improve writing across school                 
  • Pastoral Officer to provide emotional support and to facilitate the development of positive relationships with pupils and their families
  • Additional iPad and tracking software in EYFS to support assessment of pupils
  • Financial support for residential to Bewerley Park (Year 6) and Robinwood (Year 5)




St. Mary’s Allocation 2015 – 2016

St Mary’s was allocated £24, 340 in Pupil Premium in the financial year 2015-2016. This funding was allocated in the following ways with the primary aim of ensuring that all pupils make good progress and are offered equality of opportunity in all aspects of their learning. We also focused our spending on closing identified gaps in achievement:

1. Provide small group and one to one sessions to run for a minimum of one term to meet the specific needs of identified pupils. The focuses have been: Phonics, Writing , Maths and Reading.

2. Provide 1-1 tuition in a specific subject area to close the achievement gap for identified pupils (£1438).

4. Provide financial support to cover our Yr 5 residential to Robinwood and Yr 6 to BewerleyPark (£121)

5. Purchase and implement a new maths programme - Abacus ( £1880)

6. To continue our commitment to providing high level intervention. Staff CPD (£6763).

7. Catholic Care pastoral support officer (£1,030)


The entire funding has not been allocated at present due to the current transitional period the school remains in with academy status and, crucially, the implementation of a new assessment framework. Current spending stands at £14,322, as of October 2015.

As of January 2016 St Mary's became a part of the NYCC 'Achievement Unlocked Project' which aims to increase attainment for disadvantaged pupils. Further details and action will be available on the website in March 2016.


Pupil Premium – Percentage making expected progress 2015-2016


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