Pupil Premium

2019 - 2020

In April, separate budgets were set for the infant and junior school.  Pupil premium allocations were £10,560 for the infants and £41,520 for the juniors in the April 2019 budgets.  This gives a total for both schools of £52,080.  

The school receives £1320 for each child eligible for pupil premium and £1900 for each child eligible for pupil premium plus funding.

Nature of support 2019/2020

The school has a dedicated member of the Senior Leadership Team who coordinates support to our 22 (as of September 2019) children eligible for pupil premium funding. Support is given according to the individual needs of the children, and is planned following discussions between the class teachers and senior leaders.  Where support programmes or interventions are identified, other pupils within the school are also included alongside the children entitled to pupil premium funding.  Reading is always prioritised as a key learning need.

The funding is being used in a number of ways to support raising the attainment of vulnerable children.

The school has identified low attendance, speech and language and emotional well-being as the key barriers to the children's learning.

From September 2019 Pupil Premium children are supported as below, and the allocated £52,080 (minus funds spent between April and August) will be spent in addition to funds from the school budget in the following ways:

  • Financial support to ensure Pupil Premium children can take advanatge of music lessons, and can attend clubs,
  • Financial support to ensure all children can attend school trips, including the Year 6 residential school journey.
  • To provide one item of school uniform per year where there is a difficulty for the parent(s) in paying.
  • To provide small group work for children in Year R with speech and language needs.
  • Early Literacy Support and additional phonics sessions for the children in Year 2.
  • Two Family Liaison Officers (one also being a pastoral support worker), working with families and supporting children within the school, and also an attendance officer who liaises with the school's leadership team.
  • A Fegans counsellor working one to one with children who need emotional support to improve their wellbeing.
  • A teacher within the school delivering Therapeutic Play, supporting children's wellbeing.  This teacher also leads some interventions.
  • Additional Forest School sessions to support vulnerable children.
  • Accelerated Reader Programme, which has been demonstrated to engage reluctant readers, encourage regular reading at home and have a positive impact on outcomes in Reading.

Measuring the impact 2018 - 2019

Attendance for children eligible for Pupil Premium has risen over the last three years from 93.6% for 2015-16 to 95% for 2017-18 and 2018 - 2019.    

Persistent absence (children who have attendance lower than 90%) has fallen from 8% last year to 7.6% in 2018-2019.

Pupil premium support 2017 - 2018

Please click here for information about Pupil Premium support for St James' Infant school last year.