Pupil Premium

What is it?
The pupil premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years, children that are in care or adopted and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between disadvantaged children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

National data and research tells us that children eligible for free school meals tend to do less well, for example in 2014, 45% of children eligible for free school meals achieved the expected level at the end of the early years foundation stage compared with 64% of other children. The Pupil premium grant provides schools with extra funding to close this gap.

What are our main barriers to disadvantaged children's progress?
  • Ensuring they all receive consistently high quality personalised teaching and learning.
  • Children's independence, resilience, confidence and vocabulary.
  • Parental engagement and pupil attendance.
  • Access to a wide variety of life experiences and extra curricular activities.

 Pupil Premium at St Chad's

At St Chad's, our school vision, LOVE, underpins everything that we do.  Every child in our care is valued and respected so that they will flourish and have an abundant life. As a Church school, we are deeply committed to serving the common good and thus we ensure well-planned and considerate spending of our Pupil Premium funding.

  • We organise teaching and learning in order to meet the needs of all of our children in the best way possible.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for children who belong to vulnerable groups and that socially disadvantaged children have their needs adequately assessed and met.
  • We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children that are disadvantaged have free school meals.
  • Not all interventions are measurable in terms of attainment outcomes, but research shows that wider opportunities and extended provision can raise self-esteem and increase learner confidence.

At St Chad's, we are committed to raising the awareness of the Pupil Premium grant through our comprehensive school induction procedures. We have recently used some of our Pupil Premium funds to help purchase new software so that we can better identify families that are entitled to Pupil Premium funding without delay.

 At St Chad's, every child who receives Pupil Premium funding is entitled to:

  • Free breakfast club every day
  • Free school visits and trips for the academic year
  • Free school uniform (school logo jumper and book bag)
  • Free PE uniform (t-shirt and shorts)
  • Priority places in our after school clubs and extra-curricular activities
  • Extra teaching support and tuition throughout the year
We have also used our Pupil Premium grant to help subsidise some of the costs towards additional whole school training for our staff on early language, investing in partnership working with our colleagues in the area to further our expertise or supporting our staff in working on specialised areas such as speech, language and communication. 

Our tracking and monitoring systems are designed to ensure that all children attain to their potential and we place a particular focus on tracking the progress of our disadvantaged children. Below you will find our Pupil Premium Action Planner for 2018-19 and further details on how we are using our allocated money to support our Pupil Premium children this academic year.

Summary of outcomes for 2018

School Results
National Results 2018
  Disadvantaged  children Non disadvantaged children Non disadvantaged children
Foundation Stage          
Good Level of Development  40% 57% 74%
Key Stage 1 Phonics      
Year 1 Phonics Pass      25% 77% 85%
Year 2 Phonics Pass 91% 79% 92%
Key Stage 1      
RWM Expected Standard 55% 49% 65%
Reading Expected Standard 60% 58% 79%
Writing Expected Standard 60% 49% 74%
Maths Expected Standard 60% 58% 80%
Reading Greater Depth 9% 11%  Not yet available
Writing Greater Depth
 9% 8%  Not yet available
Maths Greater Depth  9% 16%  Not yet available
Attendance 95.2%   92.8%  96%
Persistent Absentees > 10%  6.8%  10%  8.8%


   2017-2018  2018-2019
 Pupil Premium Grant Allocation  £31, 680  £19,800
 Total number of children eligible for the Pupil Premium grant  24  15