Pupil Premium Grant 2013/14

The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.

Schools are required to publish details of their Pupil Premium allocation,  how they plan to spend the allocation in the current year, how the previous year's allocation  was spent and the effect of the expenditure on the attainment of those pupils for whom the funding was allocated.

How much Pupil Premium Funding did St. Mary of the Angels School receive in 2013/14?

£88,629 (98 pupils @£900 per pupil)

How was this funding spent?

  • Priority 1: Additional teacher support was targeted to accelerate progress of FSM pupils in Year 6 and close existing gaps in attainment between FSM pupil and their Non FSM peers TOTAL: £37,000
  • Priority 2: Funded the equivalent of an additional 0.5 of a teacher to maintain our lower than average teacher/pupil ratio in Reception  TOTAL: £20,000
  • Priority 3: Targeted Reading, Writing and Maths interventions were provided by Teaching Assistants for individuals and groups of pupils identified as below age expected level of attainment or not making expected progress TOTAL: £14,602
  • Priority 4: Psychotherapy provided for individual and groups of pupils (One day per week provided by The Anna Freud Centre) £14,584
  • Priority 5: Drama Therapy support for individual pupils (Half a day per week provided by The Catholic Children’s Society) £2,443

How did this spending impact on the attainment of pupils?

  • In 2014 81% of FSM pupils achieved Level 4 or above in Reading, Writing and Maths compared to 85% of non FSM pupils with our cohort of FSM pupils achieving 11% better than FSM pupils nationally.
  • Standards at the end of Key Stage 2 have continued to rise with the gap between the attainment of FSM and their non FSM peers continuing to narrow.
    • Reading: 35% gap in 2013 narrowed to 11% in 2014
    • Writing: 30% gap in 2013 narrowed to 12% in 2014
    • Maths: 13% gap in 2013 narrowed to 4% in 2014
  • Our FSM pupils achieved better than FSM pupils nationally in Writing and Maths and in line in Reading.

How much funding will the school receive in 2014/15?

The funding per eligible FSM pupil has increased from £900 per to £1,300 per child. The indicative funding for 2014/15 is therefore £120,900.

How is this year's Pupil Premium going to be spent?

We are going to improve outcomes for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding by continuing with priorities 1 to 5 above. The additional £32,271 funding will be used to

  • extend additional teacher support to pupils in Years 3 and 4 to accelerate the progress of FSM and narrow existing gaps £15,000
  • fund/part fund the cost of curriculum enrichment activities for our new creative curriculum £5000
  • purchase resources to support learning in English and Maths to support the introduction of the new Primary Curriculum £12,271