What is the Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Pupil premium funding is available to:

  • local authority maintained schools, including special schools and pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • voluntary-sector alternative provision (AP), with local authority agreement
  • special schools not maintained by the local authority (NMSS)
  • academies and free schools, including special and AP academies


Pupil Premium Strategy

St John Vianney Catholic Primary we are committed to ensuring that each individual pupil receives the very best education allowing them to reach their full potential academically and socially.

This belief is reflected in our school mission:

“In our school children, staff, parents and carers, governors and parish will work together to create a caring, learning environment with Our Lord as the focal point in which each child is valued as an individual, nurtured and encouraged to fulfil his/her potential.

Our ethos and learning culture ensures that we have the highest expectations and that we continually strive to ensure that no pupil is left behind.

When deciding how to spend the pupil premium grant, we ensure that the best available research underpins our decisions. By using the Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit, we ensure that money is directed using effective, well-researched interventions and strategies. 

In addition, we structure the provision based on the DfE's guidance on how the grant should be spent. This gives us the widest possible benefit to the children in receipt of the grant and is spread thus:

1. Teaching

Investing in high-quality teaching, for example:

  • training and professional development for teachers
  • support for teaching & learning resources 
  • recruitment and retention
  • support for teachers early in their careers

2. Targeted Academic Support

Additional support for some pupils focussed on their specific needs, for example:

  • one-to-one tuition
  • small group tuition
  • speech and language therapy

3. Wider Approaches

Support for non-academic issues that impact success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional challenges. For example:

  • school breakfast clubs
  • counselling to support emotional health and wellbeing
  • help with the cost of educational trips or visits

 In short, we use this guidance and research to ensure that the grant is used to be able to have quality provision in place that benefits all children in receipt of the grant. 

Driving principles, include:

  • A high profile is given to Disadvantaged Pupils
  • All staff are accountable for the progress of Disadvantaged children
  • The progress and attainment of all Disadvantaged pupils is carefully tracked and analysed. We also make use of a wide range of educational research in order to decide how best to spend our funding to maximise the opportunities for our pupils.

Our funding priorities fall into the following areas:

  • Improved Pupil Feedback: personalised feedback for progress
  • Language support and development in EYFS/KS1
  • Social and Emotional Support: ensuring that children are ready to learn, free from distraction
  • Enrichment within and beyond the curriculum: trips, residentials, sport, arts
  • Catch-up Interventions for reading, writing and maths
  • Learning and the Curriculum: improving curriculum resources to appeal to the hard to reach
  • Support for Parents and Families: holiday activity camps, breakfast club

The document below outlines the school's intended use of the Pupil Premium Grant for 2023-24 and includes a review of the impact the grant had on school life and outcomes in 2022-23.