The pupil premium is funding in addition to the school’s budget.It was introduced in April 2011 and paid to local authorities by a grant based on the January census figures for pupils registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM). Schools are free to decide how to allocate this funding to best support the raising of achievement for the most vulnerable pupils and those who receive free school meals.
At St Oswald’s we received £39,000 for the year 2015-2016. We have used the premium money in a variety of ways including:
- Teaching Assistant support to deliver intervention programmes
- Provision of extra-curricular activities for pupils eg Breakfast Club
- Enabling pupils to participate in school residential holidays and educational trips
- Provision of counselling support if needed
- Additional support from the Inclusion Consultant
During 2015-2016 the impact of this additional funding included:
- identified pupils made at least expected progress with most exceeding their school targets.
- 100% achieved the phonic screening and 100% achieved Level 4+ at the end of Key Stage 2.
- attendance and punctuality was outstanding for the identified pupils.
This demonstrates that effective use is being made of the pupil premium.
If you think you may be entitled to free school meals just ring the local education office on 01772 532253 and provide your name,date of birth and national insurance number and they will be able to confirm your entitlement immediately over the phone.