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Pupil Premium

What is "Pupil Premium"?

Pupil premium is funding provided by the Department for Education to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Our strategy sets out how we intend to raise the outcomes for disadvantaged children academically, socially and emotionally. 

Our Approach

At St Joseph’s we are committed to ensuring each individual child’s needs are met, irrespective of their background or the challenges they face. Staff have high expectations of all children setting appropriate challenge to enable them to make good progress and achieve high attainment across all subject areas regardless of their starting point. In order to support children to progress, we act early to identify individual barriers to learning and address these. Quality first teaching is at the heart of our approach, with a clear focus on diminishing the difference in attainment between vulnerable groups and all pupils.


All vulnerable children have a high profile within the school with staff accountable for their progress.  We monitor, track and analyse progress through formative and summative assessment, enabling us to identify and address individual needs on their learning plans. The activities outlined in our pupil premium statement are intended to support the needs of any vulnerable groups, regardless of whether they are disadvantaged.  We understand the social and emotional challenges which some of our vulnerable children encounter can have significant impact on their life experiences and wellbeing.

Applying for Pupil Premium & Free School Meals

Your child may be able to get free school meals (which then generates pupil premium funding for the school) if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)


Simply complete the attached from and return it to the School Office to check your eligibility for free school meals and pupil premium.