The Pupil Premium at St Thomas' Catholic Primary
The Pupil premium is extra funding of up to £1320 to support your child’s education. At St Thomas’ we use the extra funding to provide pupils with fair and equal opportunities so that they achieve well in all areas of the school.
How we use Pupil Premium funds at St Thomas’
Our aim is to provide first class education to develop and fulfil the potential of all pupils in our care, and faith development of our pupils is of paramount importance.
'Truth and Courage'
Our Mission Statement:
‘Being truthful to our Catholic faith and learning to have the courage
to follow the path that God sets for us.’
At St Thomas’ we are passionate about the educational and personal development of your child. Pupil Premium funds are used to help the pupils in a lots of ways including academic and non-academic areas. A financial plan lists the different ways in which funds are used in school. This is used to help with attendance, attainment and progress of our pupils. These include:
- Progress and Attendance
Senior leaders, class teachers, the Educational Welfare Worker and the office team all care for Pupil Premium pupils in our school. They support with excellent attendance at school, as attendance is strongly linked with academic progress.
- Progress of all Pupil Premium pupils, especially in English and Maths
This includes extra staffing, intervention opportunities, funding of professional development opportunities for teachers and educational equipment so that we can provide outstanding teaching and learning for your child. Teaching Assistants help with pupil progress alongside the first class teaching in our school.
- English and Maths
Funding is used to help with the delivery of English and Maths skills of Pupil Premium pupils in our school. It is also used to help with the provision of home learning for pupils as effective homework is strongly linked to academic progress.
- Pupil Wellbeing
Funding with uniform, transport to and from school and stationery, where needed, so that the individual needs of our pupils are met.
- School educational visits and retreats.
This will make sure that pupils have access to opportunities to help their educational and personal development. This also includes sporting and theatrical events, art experiences and musical opportunities.
- Aspiration and Opportunities
Funding to provide advice for Pupil Premium pupils so that they can make good choices about their futures. This also helps pupils to aspire to fulfil their potential to use their God given gifts and talents.
Please note that Pupil Premium Funding is best used on providing best quality teaching and learning. This may also benefit other groups of pupils. (Pupil Premium Myths EEF Guidance, 2019).
If your child gets the Pupil Premium, then you will receive a letter and have a meeting with your child's class teacher telling you about further details of how the funding is used to support your child.
Who can get the Pupil Premium Funds?
Pupils can get the Pupil Premium if certain criteria are met. These are:
•Ever 6 Free School Meals Children- children who get, or have had, free school meals in of any the last six years
•Looked after Children in the care of the local authority
•Children who are no longer looked after by the local authority due to adoption, guardianship or residence order
•Ever 5 Service children- children who get the service child premium in any of the previous 4 years as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time this year.
Can your child get the Pupil Premium?
If you think that you may be entitled to receive the Pupil Premium for your child please contact Mrs Burnett in the school office. She will provide you with a form to complete as well as guidance on the completion of the form.
To check if your child qualifies for the Pupil Premium, you can apply directly to the local authority by telephone (0300 111 8007) or online at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/educationalawardsbenefits/freeschoolmeals
If you have any questions, please contact the Vice Principal about the Pupil Premium and she will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about how our school can best support your child.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information and for working with us to best support the education of your child.