All members of staff and governors accept responsibility for 'socially disadvantaged' children and young people. They are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within the school environment. St John Vianney is committed to 'Narrowing the Gap' if one is found to exist between vulnerable children and young people and pupil premium forms a vital part of this process.
What do SJV Use Pupil Premium For?
- Facilitating pupils access to education and the curriculum.
- Alternative support and intervention within the school.
How does SJV Use Pupil Premium?
Different strategies have been used in school to support children and young people. The scope and range of activity is wide. Not every pupil who is eligible for Pupil Premium has taken part in every activity and those that have are not restricted to those of low income or vulnerability.
Plans are constructed according to need:-
- A mix of individual and group support.
- Additional training for Teaching Assistants to enable better support in class.
- Subsidising in-school activities.
- Targeted skills based and/or social and emotional support delivered by the school social worker and creative Therapists including Drama, Horticulture and Art.
- Subsidising school uniform.
- Subsidising school trips/residentials.
- Purchases of improved learning resources.
- Subsidising the cost of specialist visitors to school to broaden children & young peoples experiences.
Impact of Pupil Premium
In common with other schools we believe that is still too early to assess fully the impact that Pupil Premium is having on pupil progress and/or outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. As a school we track performance of all pupils and continue to use indicators such as eligibility for Pupil Premium, SEN, ethnicity, EAL etc. to identify the performance of groups of pupils against their peer groups.
The longer the tracking continues for pupils, the more secure the judgement that can be made with regard to progress. Short time scales and small numbers of pupils, produce data that is prone to misrepresentation. It can be difficult to disaggregate the impact of Pupil Premium work from other things that the school does to support vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils. It should be understood that the school has a focus on inclusion where staffing reflects this practise.