Chappell Road, Manchester, Lancashire, M43 7NA

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St Stephen's RC Primary School

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Pupil Premium


Pupil Premium Funding at St Stephen's 2017/18
Pupil Premium funding is to provide additional support to pupils entitled to/have been entitled to free school meals in the last 6 years, or pupils who are looked after by the Local Authority, so that their attainment can be maximised.
In making provision for Pupil Premium children, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.  We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered for, or qualify for free school meals.  Therefore, we reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any pupil that the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
This funding is used to provide many support systems and interventions.  These fall into 5 categories:

  • Addressing and assessing learning needs; phonics, spelling, grammar and reading comprehension, taught in flexible ability groups.
  • Addressing and assessing educational need through specialist assessment and individualised pupil programmes (both for educational and behavioural purposes). 
  • Addressing and assessing EAL needs, particularly for new arrivals to the country. 
  • Addressing and assessing social need: accessing support for families via school –based programmes, such as school uniform, breakfast and after school clubs.
  • Providing enrichment to encourage learning and set a context for it; trips and visits, visitors, sports, art and a practical and first hand daily experience.‚Äč

2016/17 Impact statement under review and will be published shortly.

2017/18 is being written at the moment and will be published shortly.


Pupil Premium

In 2014-15 we received £137,534  Pupil Premium Funding.

Free School Meals (Rec to Year 6) - £1300 per pupil. Looked After Children - £1900

The pupil premium grant has enables us to continue to support our pupils in a variety of ways. These included:

From 2013 it has been expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years .

The money is allocated to initiatives and provisions to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.

The Pupil Premium grant was used to support our pupils through the following provisions





Free Music tuition

To develop pupils’ self esteem

and give access to instrumental tuition

Phonics – Read, Write Inc

To develop pupils’ literacy skills

and help children to reach their full potential.

Use of Education City

To develop pupils’ Numeracy / Literacy skills

and help children to reach their full potential.

Friday Praise Assembly

To celebrate and reward pupils’ achievements within school.

Kids Klub

To ensure pupils’ have access to before and after school

and are able to concentrate and participate fully in school activities.

Learning Mentor

To ensure children are able to participate fully in school activities,

particularly vulnerable pupils who may be at risk of exclusion.

Attendance Coordinator

To ensure pupils’ punctual and attend school regularly.

Delivery of Better Reading Partnership (BRP)

To work with pupils, in one to one and to ensure

they make accelerated progress in reading

Deputy Headteacher

Through managing the English and Mathematics provisions

ensuring pupils are on track to achieve their termly and yearly

targets specifically working with identifying groups of children

Extra Curricular Activities

To ensure children have opportunities to develop their social

and leadership skills through a variety of sporting activities.

Funding for trips

To ensure children have opportunities to develop their social

and leadership skills through a variety of sporting activities

Pupil Tracking

Use of Pupil tracking software to identify

and support progress for all groups of children

Closing the Gap


Closing the Gap








% making expected progress in English (national % in brackets)

82 (88)

73 (92)

 84.6 (84)

 83.3 (92)



% making expected progress in Maths (national % in brackets)

82 (86)


 76.9 (83.5)

 78.6 (91.7)

% making expected progress in writing (national in brackets)



 69.2 (79)

 83.3 (91.2)

% achieving L4+ in Eng and Ma (from 2013 split R, W + Ma)  (national % in brackets) 


71 (83)

 69.2 (71)

 73.8 (85.7)


The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, we will also require schools to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.

Pupil Premium - What you need to know (DFEs April 2012)

In 2012 -13 at St Stephens we were allocated £48,000 for Pupil Premium driven activities.

Here is a breakdown of our planned activities

The school is using Pupil Premium for a number of initiatives.

These include

  • Appointing a Learning Mentor
  • Providing Support with funding for school trips where appropraite
  • Providing music tuition in small groups
  • Implementing a new Pupil Tracking system
  • Supporting Look After Children with one to one tuition
  • Training all support staff to deliver Better reading Programme (BRP)