Pupil Premium Allocation

Pupil Premium Policy 2020/2021

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding from the government given to schools to specifically support pupils from disadvantage and vulnerable backgrounds. The grant allows schools to ensure those children benefit from the same opportunities as children from less deprived families. St Mary’s CE Primary School received £253,532 for its Pupil Premium allocation in 2020/21. It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the Pupil Premium. This is because school leaders are best-placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, an additional Covid-19 Catch Up Premium has been allocated to schools in order to further support the attainment outcomes for children (see separate Catch-Up Premium report)

Our objectives for the Pupil Premium Grant spending 2020/21:

    • to make at least expected attainment and progress and to diminish the difference in age related attainment in core subjects between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged children
    • to raise literacy and numeracy levels and progress and develop pupils into confident and motivated readers
    • to continue to provide opportunities to a wide variety of quality extra-curricular experiences, school visits, which enable PPG children to improve their vocabulary and communication skills and experience new activities and go to locations they may not otherwise have access to
    • to provide social and emotional support through interventions, nurture groups and access to a professional counselling service in house
    • to provide personalised learning through 1:1 tuition and mentoring, small group interventions, additional teacher and teaching assistant support, holiday and before/after school booster groups

How we will spend the Pupil Premium Grant in 2020/21:

  • Run a variety of intervention schemes and groups such as Phonics, Motor Skills, nurture group, Maths Support, Writing and Grammar focus groups
  • Develop a programme of small group trips to interesting locations to broaden their vocabulary and experiences
  • Continue 1:1 reading sessions with trained volunteer readers – to support fluency, comprehension vocabulary acquisition
  • Ensure targeted teaching support from staff
  • Ensure every year group has a trained Teaching Assistant to specifically target disadvantaged children and monitor progress and attainment closely alongside the class teachers and Phase leaders
  • Provide free places at after school/extra-curricular clubs including Breakfast Club and After School Club
  • Provide financial aid for trips and excursions
  • Provide additional resources and books for certain pupils
  • Provide lunchtime homework clubs, mentoring and 1:1 tuition
  • Provide alternative experiences to boost self-esteem, raise motivation and develop speaking and listening skills including residential trips and short breaks
  • Provide a family liaison team to assist parents in accessing school life and local services including a Family Support worker in the Lower Phase targeting hard to reach families
  • Hold workshops for targeted families on supporting children’s learning at home
  • Purchase of software and online subscriptions to support learning in school and at home