St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

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Pupil Premium


The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 to tackle ‘educational inequality’ by raising achievement and improving outcomes for children from low-income families who are or have been eligible for free school meals in the last six years,  pupils in care or adopted from care, and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces. The additional funding is given to schools to help them narrow the attainment gap that still exists between pupils from disadvantaged and more affluent backgrounds.

Annual Pupil Premium rates are currently (2020/21):

Children eligible for Free School Meals in the last 6 years - £1345 per pupil

Children from service families - £310 per pupil

Children in care or adopted from care - £2345 per pupil

Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium in a way that they think will best support the raising of achievement for their children. The impact of the school’s decisions is closely monitored by the Academy Committee in relation to the progress the identified children make throughout the school year and year-on-year. In addition, Ofsted hold the school to account for the progress that Pupil Premium children make.


To ensure that our Pupil Premium funding is spent in the most effective ways, the Academy Committee and Senior Leaders have agreed the following principles:

  • Funding will be ring fenced so that it is always spent on target groups of pupils.
  • Eligibility for Pupil Premium will never be confused with low ability; it will focus on supporting our disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils to achieve the highest levels.
  • Proper analysis will be undertaken to identify where pupils are underachieving and why.
  • Teaching Assistants will be trained to support pupil achievement.
  • Monitoring and evaluation will be undertaken to demonstrate the impact of each aspect of spending on the outcomes for pupils.
  • Our main focus will be on high quality teaching.
  • Frequent analysis of our achievement data to check effectiveness of interventions and continuously adjusting techniques to meet the needs of pupils.
  • All class-based staff will be aware of the Pupil Premium children in their classes so that they can take responsibility for their progress and will have an input into how the funding is spent.
  • Strategies for improving attendance, behaviour or family links will be used if there is an issue.
  • Performance management of staff and pupil progress meetings will include discussions about Pupil Premium children.


Pupil Premium funding is targeted at accelerating progress to move children to at least age related expectations. 

Pupil Premium and Recovery Strategy 2021-22

COVID-19 Catch Up Premium Report 2020-2021 Academic Year

Pupil Premium for 2021-24

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Pupil Premium for 2020-21

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Pupil Premium for 2019-20

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Pupil Premium for 2018-19

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