Following a government initiative launched in April 2011, the school is eligible for funding called Pupil Premium, in addition to the main school budget.  Pupil Premium funding is available for every child who is registered for Free School Meals or who has qualified for Free School Meals at any point in the previous six years, those who have been in continuous care for six months or more, and children of service personnel.  For 2017, the Pupil Premium funding was around £1400 for each eligible child, but the school does not receive this money automatically; parents must apply.  If you believe your child fits any of these categories, please let the school know.

The government sees these children as a priority.  In many schools, their level of progress and attainment is lower than other children of the same age, and additional funding for their education helps to narrow the gap.  Head teachers and school governors decide how Pupil Premium money is spent. The achievement and attainment of these pupils is regularly assessed in comparison with their year group, and the school is held accountable for the attainment of Pupil Premium children by the Ofsted Inspectors.

At St. Luke’s, our aim is to ensure that our teaching and learning meets the needs of all our pupils, helping our children achieve their individual potential.  The Pupil Premium funding helps us to ensure that we provide extra provision for our pupils who fall into this group, to assess and address their individual needs.

Our school has a dedicated Pupil Premium Link Governor, Mrs Heidi Page, who regularly monitors the progress and attainment of these pupils, along with the head teacher and board of governors.

 ‘I feel it is important that all children are fully included in the curriculum, to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our pupils at St. Luke’s.  As a governor, along with the senior staff and the rest of the governing body, it is essential that we accept responsibility for children who are in the Pupil Premium group.  We are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. However, we recognise that there will be children who don’t qualify for Pupil Premium funding or who are not recognised as ‘socially disadvantaged’, and so we sometimes include other children in groups funded by Pupil Premium. This benefits all pupils of St. Luke’s and helps to ensure that all children who attend our school are fully engaged in the teaching and learning of the curriculum’.

Heidi Page
Pupil Premium Link Governor

 

Here are the details of the amount of Pupil Premium funding received each year, and how it has been spent at our school:

  • 2011-2012: £2,580
  • 2012-2013: £12,149
  • 2013-2014: £23,400
  • 2014-2015: £33,800
  • 2015-2016: £43,980
  • 2016-2017: £43,980
  • 2017-2018: £43,540

 

Each year, we spend our additional Pupil Premium on a variety of specially tailored teaching provision such as:

  • A phonics scheme for the children who are sitting phonics tests
  • A phonics catch-up scheme for children who are not yet at the national target level
  • Individual support, for example, one-to-one teaching assistant support
  • Small group teaching – supporting small groups through extra resource
  • Trips – equal access for all pupils to off-site activities and residentials
  • Free fruit snacks – we believe that a nutritiously rich and balanced diet is essential to keeping our children healthy and engaged

To find out exactly how St Luke’s is spending it’s allocation, please click this link: PP-strategy-17-18

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If you would like to view St Luke’s Pupil Premium policy, a copy can be found here.