Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Strategy

What is the Pupil Premium?

‘Schools receive Pupil Premium funding from the Government to help address inequalities in pupil achievement and opportunity. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way of ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The amount of funding that each school receives is based on:

• The number of pupils who are currently eligible for Free School Meals

• Children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months

• The number of pupils who have ever been eligible to receive Free School Meals over the

previous six years.

Schools have the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. They are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.

Pupil Premium Policy Statement

We, at St Edmund’s & St Thomas Catholic Primary School, aim to ensure that all pupils leave our school excited about learning and determined to succeed. We aim to ensure that pupils who attract Pupil Premium funding attain levels of attendance and progress at least in line with their peers. Where there has been underachievement in the past, we aim to close that gap.

It is our shared ambition that, as a result of high quality first teaching and effectively targeted support, all our pupils will achieve at least as well as all pupils nationally by the end of KS2.

The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium funding will support us in achieving our aims.


  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.

  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups. This specifically includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are addressed.

  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who are eligible for free school meals, (or have been eligible in the last 6 years) are socially disadvantaged.

  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We therefore allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils that the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.

    Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following annual needs analyses which will identify priority classes and groups.

  • Provision

  • A range of provision is in place to support children who belong to vulnerable groups, including those who are socially disadvantaged. This provision has the full support of the Governing Body and includes:

  • Providing small group work focussed on overcoming gaps in learning

  • 1-1 support

  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided by teachers, TAs or external agencies

  • Additional support for assessments, training and advice from specialists such as speech therapists, educational psychologists etc.

  • Access to therapeutic interventions and advice

  • Financial support for activities that broaden the curriculum

    The work, funded by the Pupil Premium, aims to accelerate progress so that children make good or better progress and leave our school at, or exceeding, the national standard.

2016-2017 Pupil Premium Strategy

The Pupil Premium is funding in addition to the school's budget. Schools are free to decide how to allocate this funding to best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.


In 2016/17 the school has received £58,660 in Pupil Premium allocations for 44 pupils.


Identified Barriers for Pupil Premium pupils include:

  • Social and economic factors affecting life experiences

  • Attendance rates

  • Attitude to learning/education

  • Additional SEN needs

  • Emotional health needs

  • EYFS – language and literacy skills on entry

Our strategy to remove these barriers is outlined within the attached action plan.




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St Edmunds & St Thomas' Primary School

Oxford Road
L22 8QF

Main Contact: Mrs Sue Blackwell Mrs Annie Hoban

Tel: 0151 928 5586

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