At St Richard's the Staff have high aspirations and ambitions for our Pupils and they believe that no Child should be left behind. Moreover, it is not about where you come from, but your passion and thirst for knowledge that makes the difference between success and failure. Therefore, the Staff here are determined that our Pupils are given every chance to realise their full potential.
Pupil Premium Funding is a government initiative that targets extra money at Pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that Pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. Therefore, the funding is provided to enable these Pupils to be supported to reach their potential. The Government has used Pupils entitled to free school meals, looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and has provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil registered for free school meals over a rolling six year period. This amount of money is expected to increase every year for the course of this current Parliament.
The Pupil Premium Grant provides funding for two polices:
• Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and closing the gap with their peers; and
• Supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces
Pupils in Year Groups R to 5 recorded on the January 2015 Census who were recorded as known to be eligible for Free School Meals on any of the termly censuses since Summer 2008, including the January 2014 School Census -- £1,300.00 per pupil.
Looked After Children -- £1,900.00 per pupil.
Children adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order -- £1,900.00 per pupil.
Service children -- £300.00 per pupil.
The range of provision the Governors considered included:
• Improving pupil / teacher ratio, pupil / TA ratio, thus improving opportunities for effective quality first teaching, assessment for learning, and accelerating progress.
• Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning.
• 1-1 support, for intervention programmes, for example, Every Number Counts.
• Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through learning mentors, trained TAs or external agencies.
All 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 English and Numeracy.
Pupil premium resources may also be used to target able children on FSM to exceed age appropriate levels at the end of KS1 or at the end of Year 5.
The Governors of the school publish below information on how they have used their Pupil Premium Grant to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils.
Through targeted interventions we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. For Pupils who start school with low attainment on entry our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress in order to reach and exceed age related expectations as they move through the School.