Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.
Pupil Premium- End of Year Review Statement for 2019-20
Shortly after completing our mid-year review of Pupil premium expenditure in February 2020, many schools in England were affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the period of closure, Our Lady and St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School continued to provide support for our most vulnerable pupils.
We know from research that disadvantaged pupils’ learning is likely to be adversely affected by school closure and Our Lady and St Patrick's have worked hard to mitigate this. We have provided home learning activities, both online and in paper-based format and a wide range of resources for all pupils including communication books and sensory equipment. We are aware that internet access has been problematic for some families and have endeavoured to provide support where this is the case, e.g. learning packs to pupils’ addresses. We also contacted every family weekly/fortnightly and for our most vulnerable families, this included many door-step visits. Staff went above and beyond to support families, this included for some families: delivering FSM vouchers, socially-distanced doorstep visits and working with additional services such as social care, health teams and education welfare to ensure that families are supported.
Since the beginning of June 2020, following government and local authority guidance, additional children in some key stages begun to return to school. The school worked very hard to ensure that these returning pupils were safe and happy in their bubbles. Our top priority has been to address their social and emotional needs and to ensure that any anxiety about returning to school is minimised. We then turning our attention to beginning to identify any learning gaps which have come about during the lockdown period, particularly so for disadvantaged children.
In September a ‘Curriculum for Reconnecting’ and ‘Stepping back into School’ support package was implemented for our children, including our disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils. This has informed the planning of our 3-year strategy for raising the attainment of disadvantaged children at this school. Alongside our original plans implemented in 2019, we will focus on:
We are confident that the reviewed plan will enable us over time to implement our carefully chosen evidence-informed strategies that result in a closing of existing attainment gaps. The new 3-year plan will continue to be regularly reviewed in each year of its cycle.