Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is additional funding for schools in England to help raise the attainment of eligible pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

The funding that our school receives is primarily to support the progress and attainment of the eligible children.

In school we do this by providing additional time either on a 1:1 basis or in small groups for targeted interventions to practise new skills (pre teaching), to revisit basic skills and to have opportunities for extra reading.

The Pupil premium funding allocation can also be used to support you and your child with:

  • Supplying uniform or parts of uniform. Starting with good quality second hand items.
  • Non-academic opportunities which includes offering a (50%) discount on the costs of trips and experiences in school.
  • Instrumental music lessons will be funded for two terms after the first term has been paid for by the parent and the child shows commitment to the instrument. (Children in Year 3 and above).
  • Non-academic activities; such as before or after school club if deemed necessary to support your child.

The funding can also be used to enhance whole school provision through:

  • Activities that benefits the whole school community; This could be visitors linked to a topic or a year group event.
  • Teaching quality; this could include staff training or outside support that raises the attainment of all learners;
  • Wider strategies supporting readiness to learn.
The next Pupil Premium Strategy review meeting will be held during the Spring Term.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

Pupil Premium Statement & Policy

 Responsible Officer         

 Contact Details

Clare Tickel

 (Head Teacher)

Emma Hemsil

  (PP Lead)


Tel: 01202 676207

e-mail: office@st-marys.poole.sch.uk

Pupil Premium Policy

The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and children of armed service personnel. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.

Schools make their own decisions, within an agreed framework, on how they will spend this money, so that the money makes the best impact. They will report to parents, through the school website, on the actions they have taken and the difference these actions have made. The Governors of St Mary’s will oversee the effective use of the Pupil Premium funding. Ofsted will monitor their success.


We aim to narrow the gap in attainment and educational opportunity between those children entitled to pupil premium funding and those children from other backgrounds


  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils whilst upholding our mission that the school community should ‘Love One Another‘ as Jesus taught us.

  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.

  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.

  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We believe it is appropriate to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.

  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. The limitations of funding and resources mean that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.


The range of provision the Governors may consider include:

  • Providing management time for Inclusion Leader and Interventions Leader to ensure best use of Pupil Premium Grant and monitoring provision

  • Providing small group work with an experienced teacher/ teaching assistant focussed on overcoming gaps in learning

  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided by trained TAs, ELSA, or HLTA

  • Additional support from Pastoral Support Worker

    • Coffee mornings for parents

    • Structured Play sessions

    • ELSA

    • Attending and facilitating meetings for Personal Educational Plans (PEP)s, Child in Need (CIN), Team Around the Child (TAC) and Tem Around the Family (TAF)

    • Liaising with Family Outreach Worker

    • Liaising and referring to CAMHS and other external agencies

    • Informal meetings with parents and staff

    • Monitoring attendance, supporting families with attendance issues and liaising with School Attendance Worker (SAW)

  • External agencies, eg Play Therapist, Grief Encounter

  • 1 to 1 support

  • Purchasing additional resources aimed at raising standards, particularly in, reading, writing and maths

Additionally, at times, Governors may wish to consider some of the following:

  • Subsidising trips, residential visits and music tuition so as to improve well-being and confidence as well as academic progress

  • Providing resources e.g after school homework clubs to provide learning opportunities that may not be available at home

  • Staff training to sharpen perceptions and expertise in intervention work

  • Setting up strategies to reduce persistent absence of vulnerable pupils and narrow

    the gap between the attendance of these pupils and the average attendance for the rest of the school

  • Funding Breakfast Club for eligible pupils

  • Any other additional strategies (adhering to the principles outlined in this policy) to “narrow the achievement gap” between this vulnerable group and their peers

Our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in Phonics, Reading, Writing and Maths.

Pupil premium resources may also be used to target eligible able children to achieve the expected standard or above at the end of KS1 or KS2.

The Governors of the school will publish on the school website information on how they have used their Pupil Premium Grant to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’ in attainment between those who are socially disadvantaged and those who are not.

This information will be updated as nationally validated test outcomes become available and the school undertakes its own key assessments.

As encouraged by the Government, the school will always focus on the impact spending is having and review activities and actions to make sure they are working.