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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Pupil Premium Reporting to

Governors and Website


It is for the schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per Free School Meal pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

(Source DfE website)

“The Church has been intimately involved in education ever since the Lord commanded his disciples to go forth and teach. For Catholic schools, teaching cannot just simply be the imparting of information or training, no matter how worthy or important, because the human person cannot be reduced to facts and figures; rather, as Pope Benedict put it, education is formation: it is ‘about forming the human person, equipping him or her to live life to the full – in short it is about imparting wisdom’.”

 (Bishop Malcolm McMahon the future of Catholic education.)

“Current information suggests that pupils are continuing to make the same strong progress. Your systems and processes in holding teachers to account include challenging progress meetings and checks. These identify pupils who are at risk of falling behind. You take steps to intervene and work closely with others including parents, to help get pupils back on track.” 

(Ofsted, September 2018)



At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School we aim:

– to provide a Catholic Christian education based on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, in which the values of the Gospel underpin all aspects of school life;

– to provide an environment in which the dignity of each person as a child of God is recognised and developed; and

– to promote the full potential of each child through a curriculum which develops spiritual, academic, social and emotional growth.



Pupil Premium Grant (P.P.G.) Allocation for 2018-19 financial year was: £32,960


School Information 2018-19

Number on Roll 212
Total number of children eligible for Pupil Premium 25
Number of children entitled to FSMs* 24
Number of Looked After Children (LAC) 1
Number of Pupil Premium children on SEN register (as % of whole group) 8 (32%)
% of pupils in whole school on SEN register 20%
Number of Pupil Premium children with English as an additional language 0
Amount of pupil premium grant per child £1,320
Total pupil premium grant received (grant based on 2016-17 30 children entitled to PPG) £32,960


2018-19 Key actions in place to raise the attainment of PP children;


Item/Initiative Cost Aims of Spending Outcomes/Impact
Additional SEND resources for PP children – over and above what would usually be available £349 To ensure we are able to provide as much as possible to support those with SEND needs PP SEND pupils have a rich array of resources to support their learning- beyond what would usually be provided
SATs revision kits for PP children £22 To ensure PP children have as much support as possible in their revision Impact as expected and above progress made by the children in maths (2/2), (2/2) in reading and 2/2 in writing
HLTA support in nurture for PP childrenAnd TA £11,919£6,726 For over a year two PP children were in full time nurture due to emotional needs. Nurture also provided for 3 other PP children. Without this provision two PP children would have struggled with mainstream school meanwhile other PP children received emotional and social support
LJJ providing support to PP child to support reading, writing and maths £4,030 Year of targeted support to Year 4 PP pupil- reading, spelling or maths.   LJJ was able to develop skills and knowledge with this child while building confidence and self-esteem. Child will be going to special school for secondary
ELSA time £1,907£1.071 To meet the educational, emotional and social needs of identified and targeted PP pupils.  (12 PP pupils accessed this resource) Continued development of Nurture and ELSA
EYFS additional support for PP £783 To ensure that all children with additional needs have appropriate intervention Continued development of pupils’ speech and language skills. Some pupils have been signed off by SALT therapist
Specialist Educational Support Service (SENSS) TA £969 To ensure the school is providing the best support for a PP child with additional needs Report produced for teachers and HLTA to follow
Specialist Educational Support Service (SENSS) TA 2 children £1,555 TA works on programmes and interventions developed by SENSS teacher Children are supported in their learning and become more confident numerically and in literacy
LTS training £160 To enhance behaviour management at lunchtime to ensure consistency in approach Staff feedback of greater confidence and staff can deal with whole range of behaviours
(ED) TA support for phonics in Y1 £783 To enable children to develop their phonics skills and knowledge Year 1 – 75% achieved the standard
LTS 1 hour per day – Sept – March £2,499 To support key pupil premium children at lunchtime with eating and behaviour during play Fewer behaviour incidents involving PP children
Various TA hours directly supporting children £2,719 Additional support for behaviour and learning Allows flexibility in approach to supporting PP children in their learning.
Support for Year 5 and 6 £5,101 Improving feedback: Assertive mentoring:*setting clear targets for pupils*having individual mentoring sessions with pupils to discuss their learning, provide quality feedback and develop clear, next steps for improvement*Informing whole, small, group, one to one teaching based on detailed gap analysis



On-going actions throughout the year include


    • All staff are aware of the names of any relevant pupils in their teaching group


    • SLT, subject leaders, teachers and teaching assistants assess and track the progress of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM/ PP). The school’s SLT met regularly (progress talks) with class teachers and teaching assistants to discuss attainment and progress of pupils in vulnerable groups, including disadvantaged pupils. Data relating to vulnerable groups was rigorously checked and analysed on a half termly basis by the school’s SLT. Any pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, who were not making sufficient progress, were discussed and appropriate additional support put in place.


    • Attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils was also tracked through regular and rigorous monitoring activities, including, formal class observations, discussions with pupils, and work scrutinies (School Self-Evaluation cycle)


    • PP group was cross referenced with other vulnerable groups, for example, children with special needs, E.A.L. and those identified as having poor attendance


    • We ensure the school has a well-trained team of teachers and teaching assistants who are familiar with a range of approaches and intervention strategies to employ with children who are making insufficient progress. Relevant CPD is identified on an evidence based need, and cascaded to all staff for maximum impact; SSE monitors and evaluates progress accordingly.


    • The school funds a qualified special needs teacher (SENSS) to assess and support children who are not making expected progress. This has included 4 children from the disadvantaged group last year.


St Joseph’s recognises the need to support the development of the whole child


A nurture group is available for targeted children who may benefit from this environment. This is staffed by a fully qualified Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) who is trained in nurture group provision. The majority of her time is spent with children in the Pupil Premium group.


The school has two additional Emotional Literacy Assistant (ELSAs) this year so we now have a total four ELSAs, who provide timetabled sessions at the end of each morning and afternoon. They all continue to receive release time to attend Educational Psychologist supervision within the local schools’ cluster.




Attainment and Progress – 

Impact of the Pupil Premium Grant from 2018/19


Children in Receipt of Free School Meals (now or in the last 6 years)

Attainment and progress in key year groups at end of Summer term 2019


EYFS: There were x4 PP children in this cohort. Three of these children achieved GLD (the whole cohort achieving 82% GLD).


Year 1 Phonics Screening Test: There were x 8 PP children in this cohort. Five of these eight children attained the expected standard. One was dis-applied before going to special school.

Year 2 Phonics Screening Resit Test: Out of the x6 PP children one had to re-sit the test and didn’t achieve in retake. He receives additional support.


End of KS1: There were x6 PP children in this cohort. Four of the six achieved ARE or above in the three areas.

End of KS2: There were x3 PP children in this cohort.

  • Reading: Two achieved ARE and one below.
  • Writing: One achieved ARE and one GD.
  • Maths: Two GD and an ARE
  • SPaG: Two GD and a below Five of these children achieved Greater Depth with the remaining child achieving the Age Related Expectation.
  • The Average Scale Score for Reading was Reading was 110: for Maths, was 111 and for SPaG, was 115!


Attainment and progress of PP pupils across 2018-19


At the beginning of the Autumn term there were 18 children in this category. By the end of summer term there were 33 in total at the end of the year.

The charts below illustrate the comparisons of age related expectation (attainment) of the children in the school in receipt of free school meals/pupil premium at the end of the Summer Term 2019.

Eight of the 33 PP children have additional needs, either behaviour, SEND or high level emotional nurture.

Progress between KS1 & KS2

Progress can be seen below:

Progress between ks1 & ks2

The progress is generally positive for those who were expected to make their appropriate progress, Those children who are currently achieving less than expected progress have already been discussed at various pupil progress meetings and steps taken to address concerns to ensure, where practically possible, expected progress can be made.

With regards to all 33 children, those who achieved combined ARE+ for R, W & M was 61%. No children gained GD across all three subjects.

READING – Attainment

Reading Attainment 2018-19


Reading Progress

In terms of reading, 61% of PP children attained ARE expectations (non pp 74%), the average rate of progress for them is + 3.7, tracking points compared to + 3.3 tracking points for non PP children.


WRITING – Attainment

Writing Attainment 2018-19

Writing Progress

In terms of writing, 44% of PP children attained ARE expectations (non pp 70%), the average rate of progress for them is + 3.6, tracking points compared to + 3.13tracking points for non PP children.


 MATHS Attainment

Maths attainment 2018-19

Maths Progress

In terms of maths, 56% of PP children attained ARE expectations (non pp 73%), the average rate of progress for them is + 3.8, tracking points compared to + 3.1 tracking points for non PP children.





At St Joseph’s we value not just academic achievement but also the development of the emotional, social and spiritual self. A significant minority of our children, and a majority of our Pupil Premium children need support in this area- hence our belief in and investment in full time Nurture group provision, ELSAs and Chill Room for lunchtimes. Pupil premium children, during governor monitoring said;

Coming into OWLs to do my work helps me concentrate better- and I have extra responsibilities as a bonus

– Year 5 child

I’m saving my marbles until I’ve got Captain America

Year 2 child


I’m not going to give up

Year 2 child

The children were so happy and proud of themselves when they achieved something. Rewards with marbles really gave them something to aspire to– SEN Governor completing monitoring



 The Future – 2020-21


In the current financial year 2019-20 the school will continue with the actions outlined above. The School Improvement Plan 2019-20, Equality Objective 1;

 Ensure that the disadvantaged and vulnerable children are achieving their full potential in all areas of development. “Jesus came so we could have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10.

To see our Pupil Premium Strategy for the future, please click on the link. St Joseph’s pupil premium strategy report 2019-20

So for this academic year;


Nurture and pastoral support will provide 15 hours a week in dedicated HLTA time for pupil premium, along with TA 12.5 hours. This includes five full mornings of nurture provision for four disadvantaged pupils. We are able to support pupils with a range of options that best meet their needs either on a regular basis as well as when required at short notice.

Two ELSAs are released to provide timetabled ELSA support – still including our PP pupils (4 hours total per week for pupil premium).

One TA works five afternoons with PP child in class and on support programmes

– Year 5 and 6 have 3 additional hours per week with teacher concentrating on supporting the progress of PP children

– Our HLTA Nurture Leader continues to develop her role to support parents and families in a tailor made fashion to address individual needs including offering nationally recognised parenting programmes.