Pupil Premium 2017 to 2018

The Use of the Pupil Premium at St Francis Xavier’s College

Why is there a Pupil Premium?

Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.  Attainment gaps between pupils from deprived backgrounds and their more affluent peers persist through all stages of education, including entry into higher education.  The highest early achievers from deprived backgrounds are overtaken by lower achieving children from advantaged backgrounds by age seven.  The gap widens further during secondary education and persists into higher education.  The likelihood of a pupil eligible for FSM achieving five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and mathematics is less than one third of a non-FSM pupil.  A pupil from a non-deprived background is more than twice as likely to go on to study at university as their deprived peer.  Source: http://www.education.gov.uk/a0076062/deprivation-what-you-need-to-know

How many pupils at St Francis Xavier’s College are eligible for the Pupil Premium?

Currently 27% of students at St Francis Xavier’s College are eligible for the Pupil Premium:

  • Year 7 = 24%
  • Year 8 = 28%
  • Year 9 = 29%
  • Year 10 = 29%
  • Year 11 = 22%

How is Funding Allocated?

The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families.

School will receive £935.00 per pupil for each pupil who is currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or has been eligible for FSM in the past 6 years (FSM ‘Ever 6’).

A higher rate of funding of £1,900.00 has been introduced for looked-after children (this is called Pupil Premium Plus). The eligibility criteria have also been extended to include those pupils who have been in care for one day or more, as compared with the six months in care currently required.

School will also receive £1,900.00 for eligible pupils who have been registered on the school census as having been adopted from care or leaving care under a special guardianship or residence order.

The service premium will continue to be extended so that in 2017 to 2018, any pupil in reception to Year 11 who has been flagged as a service child since 2012 will continue to receive the premium (‘Ever 5’ measure). The service child premium will be paid to schools at the rate of £300.00 per pupil for all pupils whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.

How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely, with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent. At St Francis Xavier’s College we pride out selves on utilising the Pupil Premium to live out our mission statement  “Life in all its Fullness”.  Our aim is to ensure that every pupil in the school has the opportunity to achieve their full potential regardless of their background.

Our Vision

  • Develop the rounded individual so that students are prepared for life academically, spiritually, morally and socially.
  • Provide opportunities for all of our students to engage in their learning and to acquire the skills and knowledge they need for future success
  • Use the Pupil Premium imaginatively and effectively to ensure that economic disadvantage for some students is not a barrier to success
  • Work with parents/carers throughout the year to make sure that all eligible students have been identified
  • Create and maintain a high profile of Pupil Premium students amongst staff as a key accountability group
  • Work with teachers, parents/carers and the governing body to ensure that all eligible students make expected or better than expected progress through high quality teaching and meaningful feedback
  • Track the progress of Pupil Premium students regularly, identify any barriers to learning and adjust interventions where required
  • Share best practice regarding Pupil Premium spend with other secondary schools to ensure the best student outcomes
  • Improve the range and quality of the overall learning experience for Pupil Premium students, including enrichment opportunities

How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?

As an academy, we have the autonomy to use the Pupil Premium at a local level to ensure best impact, whilst also having the accountability for what should be an improvement in attainment/achievement/progress for students in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding.

To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. At St Francis Xavier’s College, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.

The download The Impact and Use of the Pupil Premium at St Francis Xavier 2017_18

outlines Pupil Premium spending to date, alongside some evidence of the impact of the funding to date. The document also includes projected expenditure and outlines Pupil Premium funding that has been provisionally profiled to support initiatives and staffing in 2016-17. *note Indicative costs have not yet been assessed as the action plan is still under construction. Funding will target priority areas first.

Download1a The Impact and Use of the Pupil Premium at St Francis Xavier for web 2017_18

Download 1b Pupil Premium Barriers, Priorities and Projected Spending for 2017_18 (Overview)

Download 1c Pupil Premium Strategy 2017_18-v1


Did you know just registering your child for Free School Meals means that they will be eligible for Pupil Premium and school gets extra money?

Register now to make sure we don’t miss out.

With this money we could provide specific resources, interventions and support to meet the needs of individual students. To make sure the school has the funds to provide these opportunities you must ensure your child is registered for Free School Meals.

Please register to make sure your child does not miss out. Miss Lindop (Assistant Headteacher) can help you with this if you are unsure how to claim.

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