All of our Pupil Premium children in year 6 are taking part in a 'Third Space Learning' pilot up until May this year. They work once a week with a virtual tutor on maths concepts. They are really enjoy it and say, "My tutor encouages me to explain my answers and this helps me to understand the maths" and "You revise maths learning from class lessons and this helps me to understand it!" and " It helps me to learn from my mistakes".
Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools which is additional to main school funding. It is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), a smaller amount allocated according to the number of children of service families, and an allocation for each pupil who has been 'Looked After' (in care) for six months or more.
In 2012, funding was extended to include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals within the past six years.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding.
The amount of Pupil Premium funding for the academic year 2016-2017 is £191,700, the next review will be in September 2017.
We asked some of our parents to talk about their experiences of Sacred Heart for our new prospectus. This is one of the case studies.