In 2011 the Government introduced pupil premium funding for schools, to help tackle the issue that those from ‘disadvantaged backgrounds’ were not performing as well as their peers, particularly in English and mathematics.
Schools receive additional funding for each child who has been eligible for free school meals (FSM) within the past six years; who is looked after/adopted or is from an armed forces family.
Here at St. Lawrence’s, we aim to use our pupil premium funding as effectively as possible to ensure that all pupils receive the best possible education and that disadvantaged pupils enjoy school; make as much progress and achieve as well as other pupils do. We do this by having the following aims:
To create an ethos of high attainment for all pupils;
- To address any issues of behaviour and attendance robustly;
- To ensure all pupils access high-quality teaching;
- To meet the individual needs of pupils;
- To deploy staff effectively;
- To closely track pupil progress throughout the year groups;
- To insist upon collective accountability for the achievement of pupils.
How the funding is spent
Pupil Premium funding is designed to provide schools with additional resources to support potentially vulnerable children, such as those who are 'Looked After' or those on Free School Meals. The funding for 2022-2023 is £1345 per child.
Pupil premium funding is used flexibly, depending on the needs of the child. The child will be supported through targeted intervention either in small groups or within the class lessons. Funding can also be used towards class trips and music lessons to encourage full inclusion and enrichment of curriculum.
In line with DfE performance tables the data for disadvantaged children is supressed, as individuals could be identified. The progress of all pupils is carefully monitored through internal tracking, so that the impact of Pupil Premium funding can be evaluated and targeted as necessary.
For a more detailed breakdown of the spending and consequent impact of the Pupil Premium funding please click on the Pupil Premium statement link below.
Registering for Pupil Premium
If your child does not have Free School Meals but may be eligible due to your family’s income level, please contact the school office if you require further information, or you can register online at:
Children in Key Stage One who receive the Universal Free School Meals still need to be registered for Pupil Premium if they are to receive the Pupil Premium funding. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, registering them would mean we could still claim Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child.
For general information about Pupil Premium click on the link below: