The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. Schools are free to decide how to allocate this funding to best support the raising attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.
At St Mark’s School the percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals has declined over the past three years and is now slightly below the national average. The 2018/19 data shows that 14.3% of pupils were eligible for free school meals compared with the national average of 15.7%.
In 2018-19 the school received £21,120 Pupil Premium funding.
The school’s early indication of 2019/20 budget shows that the school will receive £18,140 pupil premium funding.
In 2018-19 Pupil Premium was used to ensure pupils receive consistently excellent teaching. £20,620 was used towards the cost of providing teaching assistant support to deliver personal intervention programmes throughout the school for vulnerable groups. To ensure full access to school opportunities for all pupils £500 was allocated from the funding to support extra-curricular activities and educational visits.
In 2018-19 percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals by year group was 30% of eligible pupils in year 2 and 33.3% of eligible pupils in year 6.
Examples of Impact in 2018-19
The school plans to continue with these strategies during 2019-20
The School’s Pupil Premium Strategies will be reviewed annually