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  • Pupil Premium

    Schools are allocated funds for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment and progress of a particular group of pupils. The funding for pupil premium pupils is allocated to schools in relation to the following:

    1. Those who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
    2. Those who are in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority (looked‐after children).
    3. Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales.
    4. Children of service personnel.

    Parents can inform the school that they are service personnel or have adopted children so that these funds can be claimed by the school, as this particular information is not provided to the school from any other source. Any information provided will, of course, be treated in the strictest confidence.

    Funding is specifically allocated to raise the attainment of these groups of pupils and to close the gap in attainment and progress between them and other children in their year group both within the school and nationally. Whilst schools are free to spend these funds as they see fit, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the funds and the impact it has had upon attainment.

  • Sports Premium Funding

    The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, in the 2018 to 2019 academic year, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

    Purpose of the funding
    At St Mary’s Catholic First School we use the premium funding to improvement the following indicators:

    The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school.

    The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement.

    Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport.

    Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils.

    Increased participation in competitive sport.

  • COVID-19 Catch Up Funding

    The Government have announced that £1 billion of funding had been earmarked for schools to support children and young people to ‘catch up’. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost learning time due to Covid-19. The catch-up premium is funded on a per pupil basis at £80 per pupil.