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Purpose and Use of Pupil Premium Funding

The Government believes that Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. See below for links which outline how we have spent our Pupil Premium for the past two years. There is also an explanation of what we will receive in PE and Sports Premium and how we propose to use this funding for the physical well-being of our pupils. There is also a Strategy Statement  for Pupil Premium posted at the bottom of this page.

Overview of the school

In 2023-2024, 73% of pupils at St James’ are classified as Ever 6 compared to the national average of 23.8% in 2022/23. It is vital that the attainment and progress of Pupil Premium pupils at the school is no different to that of non-Pupil Premium children and that all children, Pupil Premium or non-Pupil Premium, are achieving at expected or above expected levels nationally.

This is a breakdown of how the school uses its Pupil Premium funding from its school budget. This is funding allocated to the school and is based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for Free School Meals in the last six years (Ever6). Funding is allocated separately in the nursery (EYPP).

Our Ofsted Report in 2019 said: This group of pupils are making good progress. In lessons, teachers focus effectively on the needs of disadvantaged pupils. Teachers provide pupils with opportunities to develop their self-confidence and take an active part in their learning, for example, in developing their problem-solving skills. Teachers ensure that learning activities are closely matched to the needs of disadvantaged pupils. 

The table beneath shows the numbers of children eligible for pupil premium and the documents at the bottom of this page outline how this money is spent by the school.

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