The Pupil Premium is a funding allocation, in addition to the school's budget, which is used to raise the attainment of the most vulnerable pupils. The Government believes that the pupil premium is the best way to address current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their non FSM peers, by ensuring the funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Pupil Premium is also used for Looked After Children (CLA) and children of armed services personnel. Schools can determine how the funding allocation will be spent in their setting to ensure pupils receive the support they require.
At St. Bede’s Catholic Primary School we have a relatively small number of pupils who are eligible for free school meals. When our last school census was taken October 2014 the figure was 11 pupils (5.6% of the school roll). Pupil performance data at our school shows consistently and conclusively that all pupils do well, whether they are eligible for a free school meal or not. We target this money to support those pupils eligible for free school meals who require extra support with their learning. We also use some of it to offer support to other pupils who are at a disadvantage when compared to their peers even if they are not eligible for a free school meal. In this way we ensure that this additional funding has a positive impact on learners.
Please see the information which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.