Statement of Principle:
Our Mission Statement and Aims highlight the fact that we look to the potential of EVERY child whatever their circumstances. Whilst a set of children have been identified as being eligible for Pupil Premium, we see them as individuals. Each child is special and unique, each child has different needs and each and every child in our school is encouraged without distinction to be the best that they can be.
Our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement can be downloaded here: 2017-18 Pupil Premium Strategy Statement.
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to Schools by reference to the number of children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. The calculation of the payment also takes account of pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure). As a School we are currently free to spend the Pupil Premium as we see fit to meet the needs of our targeted children and close the gap in achievement. We are held accountable for how we use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. Click here to view our Pupil Premium Policy
Our core aim in the use of the Pupil Premium is:
- To raise achievement (the attainment and progress) of all pupils eligible for Pupil Premium so that their performance is at least in line with their non-Pupil Premium peers nationally.
- Address inequalities and improve the achievement of pupils from deprived backgrounds compared to their non-deprived peers nationally.
What we expect to see: ‘Quality first’ teaching is paramount to the progress of all pupils including those from disadvantaged backgrounds. This means highly effective daily teaching with the following features;
- highly focused lessons designed with sharp objectives
- high demands of pupil involvement and engagement with their learning
- high levels of interaction for all pupils
- appropriate use of teacher questioning, modelling and explaining
- an emphasis on learning through dialogue, with regular opportunities for pupils to talk both individually and in groups
- an expectation that pupils will accept responsibility for their own learning and work independently
- regular use of encouragement and authentic praise to engage and motivate pupils.
This remains a consistent and relentless focus at St Thomas’. In addition to this, targeted intervention and support strategies are deployed in order to:
- Improve levels of attainment and progress;
- Close attainment gaps relative to school averages;
- Enhance reading, writing, mathematics and communications skills;
- Engage and develop learning through a comprehensive co-curricular provision;
- Have a clear focus on all disadvantaged pupils, including those with SEND and more able pupils and
- Support pupils in becoming aspirational, confident and successful learners.
Our focus on attitudes to learning; the St Thomas Learner who makes S=P+A+C+E for their learning is a key foundation for our work with all pupils but in particular those more vulnerable groups within our school family.
Use of the Pupil Premium for 2019-20
In the current school year the School will receive £33,000 in Pupil Premium, less than in previous years as the cohort changes year on year. We use the funds in various ways to help improve outcomes for those children eligible for Pupil Premium. This is detailed in our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement which can be downloaded here: 2019-20 Pupil Premium Statement. This strategy document will be reviewed throughout the year to give a clear picture of how we are progressing in meeting our targets and the needs of our children entitled to Pupil Premium.(Details of how the Pupil Premium has been used in the past can be seen on the linked page)
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