Pupil Premium at St Mark’s Catholic School
The Pupil Premium strategy at St Mark’s reflects the mission statement of our school. It is founded on the Christian values, expressed in the gospels: peace, truth, justice and love. These values underpin everything that we do within the school and they unite us as a Christian community. We view each person as special and unique and our staff is dedicated to ensuring that every pupil fulfils their God given potential.
What is Pupil premium? What is its Purpose?
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Disadvantaged pupils are those eligible for free school meals or who have been eligible at any time in the past six years (Ever 6); those who have been in the care of the local authority and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. Attainment gaps between pupils from deprived backgrounds and their more affluent peers persist through all stages of education, including entry into higher education. The gap widens further during secondary education and persists into higher education.
AIM: To reduce the gap by addressing inequalities that pupils face and raising the attainment of those students in low income families.
Additional support strategies to enable every pupil, however financially disadvantaged, to:
• Improve their levels of progress and attainment
• Close attainment gaps
• Have full access to the curriculum
• Access extra-curricular provision
How do we support pupils to bridge the gap here at St Mark’s?
We have a range of strategies which we use in accordance with the needs of the individual. Each student has their own particular needs which will not be relevant to others; therefore we are flexible in our work and approaches with these students. We work closely with the teachers and pastoral teams and within the whole school academic framework. Some of the approaches we take include:
- Pupil Premium Champions to work with years 7-11
- Constant tracking through PPLs and PPCs
- One to One tuition
- Diagnosis and intervention for Literacy needs
- Pair tuition
- Small group work
- Homework support
- Enrichment activities across the curriculum
- Revision Sessions
- Peer Mentors
- Working with outside Agencies
- Materials for students’ use in school
- Text books
- Revision materials
- Further Education visits
- Careers Advice
- Materials that support the curriculum
- Paired Reading
- Confidence building activities
- Specialist intervention for Maths and English
- ICT needs
- Keyboard skills
- Instrumental lessons
- Assistance in paying for school trips/residentials
Pupil Premium Funding
Each Secondary school receives the following funding:
- £935 per pupil of secondary-school age;
- £1,900 per pupil who has been looked after for 1 day or more, has been adopted from care, has left care under a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangements order.
- In 2018-19 St Mark’s Catholic School received funding of £85,000
- In 2019-20 St Mark’s Catholic School received funding of £106,000