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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Funding


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 meal has increased over the last five years, with a slight decrease last year, and is now above the National Average. The 2017/18 data shows that 15% of pupils were eligible for free school meals compared with Lancashire 14.2%.


In 2017-18 the school received £15840 in Pupil Premium. The school’s early indication of 2019/20 budget shows that the school will receive £15840 pupil premium funding.


In 2017-18 school data showed that 69% of eligible pupils were in Key Stage 1 and 22% in Key Stage 2


In 2017-18 Pupil Premium was used for

  • Additional Teaching Assistant support to deliver personalised intervention programmes throughout the school (£15340) for vulnerable groups
  • To ensure full access to school opportunities for all pupils eg extra-curricular activities and educational visits (£500)


Examples of Impact in 2017-18

  • End of school pupil tracking data 2018 indicates that the majority of vulnerable pupils accessing additional teaching assistant individual and small group support made progress in reading, writing and mathematics, thus closing the gap between them and their peers.
  • Pupils with special educational needs and eligible for free school meals showed development in areas of social, emotional and learning
  • Most vulnerable pupils show improved confidence and motivation in learning.
  • Increased engagement of vulnerable pupils in extra-curricular activities including educational visits.


The school plans to continue with these strategies during 2018-2019

  • To improve overall performance throughout the school in reading, writing and mathematics
  • To increase the percentage of pupils achieving a good level of development in Prime/Literacy and Numeracy in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile
  • To continue to improve progress and outcomes for the most vulnerable pupils in reading, writing and mathematics thus closing the gap between them and their peers
  • To continue to ensure access for the most vulnerable pupils to a range of extra-curricular activities to enhance the curriculum


The school’s Pupil Premium Strategies will be reviewed annually