What is Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students and close the gap between them and their peers. Pupil Premium funding is available to children who are in the care of the Local Authority, children who are entitled to Free School meals (FSM) have been in receipt of free school meals in the last 6 years (Ever 6) or have parents who serve in the armed forces. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility. At the Academy of St. Francis of Assisi, ‘Our students are at the heart of all we do’. We find Pupil Premium an essential component to our school funding, which allows us to introduce, analyze and build strategies which ensure our students, have a complete educational experience, attain their full potential and the ‘gap’ between them and their peers is ‘narrowed’. Support may be targeted individually, as part of a group, or through resourcing for a classroom or curriculum area.
What is the ‘Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up’ Premium?
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading or Maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2). At the Academy of St. Francis of Assisi we use this funding for additional in class Learning Support in English and Maths. We also run a number of intervention programmes for year 7 students.
Why is there a Pupil Premium?
Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.
How many pupils at St. Francis of Assisi are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
Currently approx. 67% of students at St. Francis of Assisi are eligible for the Pupil Premium.
How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?
At St. Francis of Assisi the cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
Click HERE to view Pupil Premium Impact Statement for the academic year 2015 - 2016
Click HERE to view Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for the academic year 2016 - 2017
Click HERE to view Pupil Premium 'Catch Up' Strategy for the academic year 2016 - 2017