Pupil Premium is funding given to schools to address inequalities and enable support to reach the pupils who need it most.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
As an inclusive school, Dalton St Mary’s C of E Primary School strongly believes that no pupil should be disadvantaged as a result of background and the consistent attainment and progress of our pupils over a number of years shows our commitment.
In 2020-21, £47010.68 was provided through Pupil Premium. This was used to fund a number of programmes and intervention groups to boost pupils’ attainment and progress as well as to ensure that disadvantaged pupils have access alongside their peers to extra-curricular opportunities.
In 2021-22, £46,810.34 has been allocated in Pupil premium Funding and £29,145.00 In Recovery Premium Funding. Successful models of intervention and support for individuals and groups is continuing, with support provided both by trained teaching assistants and teachers and by external providers.
The latter include an Education Welfare Officer, Sport Specialists and other out of school activities that the children may engage in.
We are confident that the focussed approach towards this group of pupils ensures that we address the barriers to achievement faced by this group of pupils.
A detailed illustration of how we intend to utilise Pupil Premium allocation at Dalton St Mary’s 2021-22 can be found through the following link: Pupil Premium 2021-2022
Pupil Premium allocation was carefully allocated during this academic year. We continued to employ extra staff to support learning for particular groups of children; extra support with Literacy, Numeracy and Speech and Language.
Our tracking of learning informs us that this funding is had an impact and closed the gaps in learning between groups of children.
This academic year we continued to use Pupil Premium to run two Nurture Groups in school to support children with their social and emotional resilience; through raised self-esteem children are more ready to learn. Again, supporting the idea of ‘readiness to learn’ Pupil Premium was used to provide some families with access to our Breakfast Club and After School Care.
School have also funded places at sports clubs from an external provider ensuring all children have equal opportunities. Other equal opportunities have seen our school use pupil premium to support music sessions from outside specialists.
School have also purchased ICT hardware and software to support learning.
The Senior Leadership Team in school continues to monitor closely the allocation of Pupil Premium and measure the impact of this spending in relation to positive outcomes for this particular group of children.