St Francis Of Assisi Catholic Primary School

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St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School
When the present coalition government came to power, Michael Gove was appointed to the position of Secretary of State for Education.  He expressed his, and the governments’, intention to provide additional money to support the education of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.  The measure to be used for this additional support, is free school meals.  Schools are now given additional funding for children on their role who are entitled to free school meals, or have been within the last six years. This school year St. Francis of Assisi School received £113,520
It is the statutory duty of the school, to provide information about how this additional funding is being spent.  At St. Francis of Assisi, funds have been allocated as follows:
*additional support staff.  All classes now have at least one full time teaching assistant and some have more, where particular children need additional help and support.  This is the main use of funding.
*increase in specialist, experienced support, such as an experienced teaching assistant to support those children needing more focused help learning English and behaviour support 1:1 where required.
*purchase of additional resources to ensure practical, hands on equipment to promote learning.
*support for enrichment activities such as visits out of school and visitors into school.

Although this additional funding is available for children who have free school meals, parents should be reassured that we always aim to meet the needs of all children and those needing additional support who may not be receiving this entitlement, will get the support they need.

 The Pupil Premium allocation is calculated on the following numbers:
- number of pupils eligible for the Service Child PP (children of service personel)
- number of Looked After Children
- number of children eligible for Free School Meals (within a 6 year period)

Helping Us! If you feel your child/children may be entitled to free school meals, please speak to Mrs.Cartwright who will be able to advise you about applying.  There is no stigma attached.  Children who have free school meals are treated in exactly the same way as those who pay for meals or have packed lunches.  If you are entitled, not only will your child/ren get a free, healthy, wholesome meal each day, s/he or they will bring additional funding into school and that can’t be a bad thing!