Parents & Students

Pupil Premium Policy

Educational and Historical Context:

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the government in April 2011 to help schools close the gap in attainment for those from more deprived backgrounds. Entitlement to FSM is used as a proxy for deprivation and a fixed amount is allocated to schools each year for each student registered for FSM at any point in the last 6 years (known as the Ever 6). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after for one day or more, are adopted or under special guardianship orders as well as children of service personnel.

Our Principles:

At The Painsley Catholic Academy we believe that all children are entitled to an education that will enable them to develop their full potential as children of God; be that intellectual, physical, aesthetic, creative, emotional, spiritual or social, finding appropriate challenge in our learning environment. Based on the academy’s mission statement, Painsley Catholic Academy will provide opportunities to nurture and support those who are eligible for the pupil premium so that their attainment is equivalent to non-FSM/non-CLA children. This forms our main target for the Equality Act requirements.

Not all children who qualify for FSM are socially disadvantaged and not all socially disadvantaged children qualify or are registered for FSM. Therefore, we focus on the progress and needs of all children. Expectations for all children are high and aspirational targets are set for every category of student, based on four levels of progress. We also recognise that not all children entitled to FSM are underachieving or of low ability and will seek to support their needs through appropriate enrichment and aspiration, as well as their social and emotional needs.

Self-evaluation of the impact of Pupil Premium money will follow the academy pattern of self-evaluation where development plans, at whole-college and departmental level, are created each year that link into the academy SDP. This will be a live document that is monitored closely for progression. Every curriculum area will have a section that supports the needs of FSM/CLA and these will be collated centrally and monitored by each HoD and the lead person for pupil premium.

Allocation of how the Pupil Premium will be spent will be discussed at a variety of forums including Directors, LG, middle leaders and parent council.

Allocation of funding and provision:

  • Allocation of specific monetary support will be coordinated through the Academy Business Director and Admin Managers.
  • Clear records will be kept by the finance departments of specific monies used to support individual children on the FSM/CLA register and shared with the lead person for pupil premium on a termly basis.
  • Identification of suitable programmes of provision will be coordinated by the lead person for pupil premium. Annual development plans will clearly identify the strategies to be implemented, how success will be measured and the evaluation of the impact of those strategies will be recorded. Strategies will be informed by the findings of the EEF.

Accountability:

Directors

  1. The directors will approve the overall strategy for deploying Pupil Premium funding prepared by the Principals and presented in the SDP
  2. The directors will hold senior and middle leaders to account for implementing the schools’ strategies and evaluating their impact on the achievement of targeted children.
  3. The Chair of the Resources Committee is designated to ensure that the Pupil Premium is used to support eligible pupils in the context of this policy.
  4. The Director of the Standards and Provision Committee is designated to evaluate the impact of increased support on the achievement of targeted children.

Accounting Officer, Principals and Leadership Teams –

  1. The Principal of Painsley Catholic College retains overall responsibility for the Pupil Premium funding across the academy (as Accounting Officer). However, the Principals of each school retain responsibility for the strategic decisions in terms of the use of pupil premium funds (subject to director approval)
  2. Whole-school strategies to support children using the Pupil Premium will be researched by the lead person for pupil premium and discussed at Leadership level. The lead person for pupil premium will ensure implementation of the individual strategy is effective through communication and training with senior and middle leaders and teachers.
  3. The lead person for pupil premium will provide, at least termly, data reports of progress towards target levels/grades for the FSM/CLA children and compare them to the non-FSM/CLA children. These will be shared and discussed with leadership, staff and the Directors as appropriate.
  4. The lead person for pupil premium will have overall responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the impact of provision using the Pupil Premium.

Middle Leaders –

  1. Middle leaders are responsible for the progress of all children within their curriculum area
  2. Senior and Middle Leaders will ensure that provision for the support of those eligible for the Pupil Premium will be identified in their development plans and will contribute to reports to directors on the progress/achievement of those groups.

All staff –

  1.  All staff are expected to have an in-depth knowledge of all the children they teach and support, especially those children identified in a vulnerable group.
  2. All teachers are accountable for the progress made by the children they teach.
  3. All staff will ensure they adopt teaching and learning strategies that meet the needs of individuals and groups.
  4. All staff will provide clear feedback that enables children to improve their work.

Parental Engagement:

  • Parents who are eligible will be supported by the academy to register for FSM.
  • Parents will be advised on how Pupil Premium funds are spent through the annual report that is published on the schools’ websites
  • Parent voice on the needs of disadvantaged children will be sought through the parent council and any other suitable forum

Appendix:

Lead person for pupil premium

  • St. Filumena’s – Mrs C. Tomlinson
  • St. Giles – Mrs G. Wretham
  • St. Joseph’s – Mrs L. Sassi
  • St. Mary’s – Mrs G. Wretham
  • The Faber – Mrs A. Green
  • St. Thomas – Mr A. Wretham