What is Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It was allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they are responsible for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups. Those from disadvantaged backgrounds often do not do as well as their more advantaged peers and the funds are aimed at helping to bridge the gap. This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.
If your child does not have Free School Meals but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the office (in confidence) to register them. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child.
Check your eligibility and apply for free school meals using the link below
Click here to access the Coventry Council website to see if you are eligible for Free School Meals.
Our Pupil Premium Intent
The aim of the Romero MAC and ours as St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, is to provide an innovative yet academically rigorous curriculum that inspires, empowers, and enables all our students to recognise their full potential and respond to what God calls them to be. We partner and support parents in their role as primary educators and aim to create a welcoming, compassionate, diverse and vibrant community that develops within our students a greater global awareness and encourages both their academic and spiritual growth.
Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as their peers. Through effective use of the additional funding, sharing of best practice (internally and externally), careful consideration of research and application of our wider calling, our aim is:
For all of our disadvantaged children to be inspired, empowered and enabled to recognise and fulfil their potential and respond to what God calls them to be.
The structure for aligning out action to achieve our intent is drawn principally from the combination of the Department for Education’s ‘Using Pupil Premium: Guidance for School Leaders and the Education Endowment Fund’s Guide to Pupil Premium. We have considered how the layers of priorities fit within the structure of implementing the best practice three tiered approach. This naturally aligns with our ongoing strategic thinking which has been underpinned by Daniel Sobel’s ‘Narrowing the Attainment Gap’, where there is a greater consideration for the whole child and the numerous barriers (social, emotional and family as well as educational) that can impact a child’s learning.
We have analysed existing practices and other potential strategies and initiatives in line with these three considerations: Teaching, Targeted support and Wider Strategies/Enrichment. During this academic year, we are aware of the lasting impact pf COVID on all three areas and research shows that PP children have been disproportionately negatively impacted by disruption to learning. As such, our PP work has been very closely aligned with our Catch-Up provision and will continue to be so.
If you have any questions or require any further information please contact Mr McLoughlin (Principal), Mrs Bale (Pupil Premium Lead) or Mr Teahan (Lead Governor for Pupil Premium).