Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low income families who are eligible for free school meals, children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.  Its purpose is to address inequality, ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage and support emotional and social well-being reaches the pupils who need it most.  Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium allocation as they see fit, and are held accountable for how they have used the funds.

At St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, the Pupil Premium for 2015/16 was £19, 600

Impact of pupil premium spending is not always easily measured. We aim to overcome as many potential barriers to learning as we can with this valuable funding, including:

  • Raising aspirations
  • Tackling conduct problems and hyperactivity
  • Continue to part fund an additional teaching assistant to support and accelerate learning and close gaps in attainment.
  • Continue music therapy for identified children to improve concentration and behaviour.
  • Fund music tuition for identified pupils
  • Continue small group/ 1:1 tuition for maths from an experienced HLTA.
  • 1:1 reading for identified children.
  • Small group SPaG/ writing support
  • Financial support for identified children to attend educational visits, residential visits and extra-curricular activities.
  • Subsidised before/ after schools clubs.
  • Homework club.
  • Part fund the services of Catholic Care to offer emotional support and guidance and improve resilience for pupils and families.

t is also worth noting that many pupils entitled to FSM (and indeed those who are not) also face often multiple vulnerabilities which are a barrier to good achievement.   St Joseph's School therefore deploys pupil premium to plan and promote effective intervention and additional support in order to eradicate these barriers over time and accelerate pupil progress, closing the attainment gap between FSM and non-FSM.

The principal measure of the impact of the funding will be pupil progress however individual case studies will provide additional evidence of the impact of the spending.


This report tells you how we spent the funding in 2015-16 and its impact and how we intend to spend it in 2016-17.

Please also see our breakdown of how we have spent the pupil premium funding in 2014-15 and an evaluation of its impact.


Here is our school's Pupil Premium policy.