Pupil Premium (PP) is money that the government allocates to schools on the basis of Free School Meal returns, Looked After Children, Special Guardianship Children, Child Arrangement Order, Children Adopted from Care and Nursery aged children when parents are in receipt of certain government benefits (see list below) ; it is intended to be used to help narrow the achievement gap. Nationally, pupils eligible for pupil premium funding do not achieve as well as those pupils who are not eligible. At St Catherine's we strive to ensure all pupils achieve their potential.
Pupil Premium is a significant amount of money and it is important that all families who may be eligible for Free School Meals or certain government benefits, such as Job Seekers Allowance or Income Support, make sure that they apply! Please see the school office if you are unsure. Every school is free to decide how best to direct this funding to meet the needs of individual pupils.
All parents (Nursery to Year 6) in receipt of the following must complete the forms available from the school office if you get 1 of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided they’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
Pupil Premium at St Catherine's Catholic Primary School
As a school we are committed to raising the achievement for pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium and understand that many of these pupils must make accelerated progress compared to non-eligible pupils to achieve this. We, as a school, are able to determine how best to use the Pupil Premium grant to support pupils and raise education attainment; we create an overall package of support aimed to tackle a range of barriers as specified in the PP spending plan attached.
The spending plan will be reviewed July 2023.
Monitoring pupil progress and attainment
The school rigorously monitors and evaluates the impact of Pupil Premium funding. Tracking of progress over time is essential so that we can quickly identify need and develop strategies and interventions to accelerate progress. The data we collect is consistently used during pupil progress meetings which take place half termly.