Schools are allocated additional funding called a Pupil Premium according to the number of pupils in receipt of free school meals. It is a requirement for schools to report on how they have spent their Pupil Premium and the impact of this.
St Augustine’s allocation 2019/2020 was £24,078 and in 2020/2021 is likely to be £19,260.
At St Augustine’s the pupil premium has been used to support families with costs for school trips including the residential trip.
The allocation for 2019/20 was further spent on raising the quality of teaching through Maths Mastery training days, embedding editing and proof reading across the school, and enhancing the use of Clicker 7 for all stages of writing.
To support children’s self-esteem, funding was used to deliver Forest School and the associated resources needed.
To support children’s individual progress in English and Maths, Pupil Premium Funding was used to fund 1:1 teaching, access to the ‘Accelerated Reader’ programme and release time for teachers to hold ‘structured conversations’ with parents.
The impact of last year is hard to define, due to partial school closures in March as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic. However, the attendance of pupils entitled to Pupil Premium funding has remained high on the return to school in September, illustrating the resilience and love of learning children have developed.
The allocation for 2020/2021 will be used to identify and address the gaps in pupils’ skills and knowledge, as a result of the pandemic and ensure that all children have access to high quality remote learning and the equipment to enable them to do this.
Individual support for children will be arranged following regular pupil progress meetings which may include support for well-being such as Learning Mentor provision.