Pupil Premium targets additional money at pupils from the most deprived background to help them achieve their full potential.
In 2012, Eligibility for the Pupil Premium was extended to pupils who had been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point on the last 6 years. As a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time, have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.
Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying school budget, in a way they think will best diminish difference in attainment between the most vulnerable pupils and the whole school.
Pupil Premium is also provided for children in care who have been looked after for more than six months, recognising that they need additional support to help them raise their educational achievement. It is also provided for children of parents in the armed services.
For the 2016 – 2017 Academic Year - Pupil Premium allocation was based on student data in the January school census.
In Term 1 2016-17, 71% of students were eligible for Pupil Premium. The average number of students eligible for the whole of the academic year was 66%. Over the course of the academic year, a total of 42 students on roll were eligible for Pupil Premium.
Ever6 (September 2016 -17) Pupil Premium allocation at St Matthias Park £24,800.00
Funding is targeted to support students and diminish difference in their attainment compared to the whole school average:
1 to 1 Literacy intervention and Lexia reading support
1 to 1 tuition for Looked after Children in Maths and English
Time to allow intervention strategies with focus groups on attendance and transition
Additional staffing to support the most vulnerable
Analysis of Pupil Progress data shows that the impact of these interventions for the academic year 2016-17 was that on average, the percentage of Pupil Premium students making at least expected progress equalled the average percentage for the whole school at the end of the school year.