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Pupil Premium Grant

Pupil Premium at St. Finian ’s Catholic Primary School 2019-20

St Finian’s School Mission Statement

‘With Christ at the Centre we journey together to achieve our potential and live life to the full.’

St. Finian’s Primary School is an inclusive school with high aspirations for every child. Our aim is to enable every child to flourish and to achieve their highest potential. We ensure this by tailoring support- academically, emotionally and spiritually, whatever their individual needs. Where children experience disadvantage, we offer support in a variety of different ways, including through Pupil Premium Funding.

What is Pupil Premium Funding?

Each year a specific amount of money is provided to schools to support the education of children who are experiencing disadvantage. The aim is to increase social mobility and close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. Schools can use Pupil Premium funding to provide direct support tailored to the needs of individual children, or for wider initiatives that benefit larger groups.

How is Pupil Premium Funding used?

The top priority for spending the PPG (Pupil Premium Grant) is supporting the quality of teaching. This ensures that disadvantaged groups make at least expected progress in reading, writing and maths (RWM). Pupil Premium strategies may also relate to non-academic factors, including improving attendance, behaviour, social and emotional support.

The EEF (Education Endowment Fund) recommend a tiered approach to spending the pupil premium grant received by schools:

  • Supporting the quality of teaching (CPD, recruitment and retention, support for early careers teachers)
  • Targeted academic support (interventions, small group tuition, 1:1 support)
  • Wider school strategies (behaviour, attendance, clubs)

At St. Finian’s School, we spend our Pupil Premium Grant through a number of approaches:

  • Training for teachers in positive behaviour strategies
  • Training for teachers in curriculum pedagogy (e.g. reading) to facilitate  successful learning and progression for all
  • Funding for extra curricular clubs and activities
  • ELSA Support
  • Family Support Worker
  • Purchasing specialist materials and resources
  • Subsidising the cost of school trips and visits
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