Pupil Premium Grant at Our Lady of Lourdes
Attainment gaps between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and their classmates from more affluent backgrounds can be a problem at all stages of education from Nursery to University. According to research the highest early achievers from disadvantaged backgrounds can be overtaken by their lower ability peers from better off households by the age of seven.
This is because disadvantage can create some Barriers to Learning that children from affluent backgrounds are not always exposed to. These barriers can affect higher and lower attaining Pupil Premium eligible pupils and the grant is used to address these inequalities and create a level playing field for all pupils in a school.
There are many barriers to learning for pupils who have not had the same life experiences as other children because of low income. These barriers can include:
But there are many other factors that can affect pupil learning and wellbeing.
What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant to support two key policies
The DfE will allocate Pupil Premium Grant to schools and local authorities (who must allocate for each FTE pupil on the October school census as of 2021) the following amounts:
Which pupils are entitled to Pupil Premium?
The grant may be spent in the following ways:
The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools in the financial year, so some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years.
At Our Lady of Lourdes we believe that our role is to provide a quality first education to ALL pupils no matter their background but we recognise that for children who are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant (and also those children who have Special Educational Needs at the same time) they will need more support than the core curriculum offers. We do not generalise about pupils based on them being eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant – we focus on the individual learner and set highly aspirational targets for all so that every child meets their progress and attainment potential.
Schools determine how the Pupil Premium Grant is spent and at Our Lady of Lourdes it is primarily spent on securing excellence in teaching for all pupils. In addition to this we use the money to access external support agencies, provide resources and to subsidise activities that would ordinarily not be available without great cost to the parent. Schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. The Government has introduced measures in the performance tables that will demonstrate the achievement of those disadvantaged pupils eligible for Pupil Premium.
Free School Meals
Pupils who are eligible Free School Meals are also eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant. It is important that if you think you might be eligible for free school meals you claim them. Since the introduction of Universal Infant Free School Meals, some parents think that because their child already receives a free meal it is not necessary for them to apply. This means that the school loses valuable income that may help your child and others at our school.
Our Lady of Lourdes does not automatically receive the Pupil Premium Grant, we only receive it if a child becomes eligible and only you can tell us this information. Please complete the checking tool below to see if you might be eligible – if you are the school will be automatically notified and the grant will come into the school budget from the next payment point.