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.
The impact of pupil premium spending is not always easily measured. 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, aiming to close the attainment gap between FSM and non-FSM.
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
- Additional teaching assistant to support and accelerate learning and close gaps in attainment
- Mentoring for identified children to improve concentration and behaviour
- Small group tuition for maths from an experienced HLTA
- 1:1 maths tuition for identified children
- Small group tuition for SPaG
- Financial support for identified children to attend educational visits, residential visits and extra-curricular activities
- Subsidised before/ after schools clubs
- Homework club
- Part funded Catholic Care to support vulnerable pupils and their families
- SATs revision
- Daily reading interventions
- Transition meetings and support
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.
Here is our spending plan for 2021-22.
Please apply for Free School Meals if you are eligible, even if your child is in Reception, Y1 or Y2 where they receive Universal Free School Meals. As you can see, we receive additional funding to spend on your child for their benefit.
How do I know if my child is eligible for FSM?
Parent / guardian must get one of the following:
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit with an annual income of less than £16,190, provided they are not receiving Working Tax Credit
- the ‘Guaranteed’ element of the State Pension Credit
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (you will need to apply directly to the school or call the Education Service on 01274 439393)
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit
To apply on line, or to get further information regarding Free School Meals and Clothing Allowance please follow the following link www.bradford.gov.uk/schoolmeals or contact City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s Benefit Service on 01274 432772.