Pupils at Didsbury CE Primary School

Pupil Premium

As a church school we are focussed on the whole child and acknowledge that academic achievement and attainment is very important, but it is not the only measure of how we perform as a school, or indeed of all that our children achieve. Our mission statement, based on belonging, believing and becoming ensures that we celebrate all 'good deeds' including academic and non-academic work and encourage the children and adults in our community to look to God to serve others. We are also passionate about being an inclusive school and recognise that children's talents lie in a range of areas, not all reflected in the school league tables and other data sources.  

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium funding supports the way Didsbury CE Primary School can provide for key groups of children to achieve their full potential. The funding is used to provide a range of experiences for children to meet their needs. Some children require extra support, and we use the Pupil Premium to ensure that we can provide support for this.

School have the freedom to spend Pupil Premium money as they see fit, however schools are held accountable for the progress and achievement of those pupils in receipt of the funding.

Children eligible for the Pupil Premium

  • Pupils on roll entitled to Free School Meals.
  • Children eligible for Free School Meals at any time in the last 6 years. (Ever 6)
  • Pupils in the care of the local authority.
  • Pupils with a parent in the Armed Services.
  • Pupils who were previously looked after and then adopted, or under special guardianship, or residency order on or after 30th December 2005.

What is the current allocation of Pupil Premium?

Didsbury CE's current Pupil Premium allocation is: £ 32,385
(Total pupils on roll: 245, Number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Grant: 9.1%)

What Pupil Premium Can Support

Our Pupil Premium allocation is used to support pupils by:

  • Ensuring that all teachers are effective and well-trained ensuring that there is a culture of aspirational learning in all classes.
  • Utilising a systematic synthetic phonics programme that gives disadvantaged children who may have less support at home, support to reading via decoding.
  • Employing well established intervention programmes in maths and English led by skilled and experienced TAs to support those who are not on target to achieve ARE by the end of the school year.
  • Supporting children with behaviour issues to access the curriculum.
  • Ensuring that teaching and support staff have access to quality CPD in order to support the academic and well-being needs of the children.
  • Providing booster support groups to enable the application of SPaG understanding to written work.
  • Expanding the horizons of children with limited experience of real life first hand cultural and sporting opportunities.
  • Providing opportunities to support children with social and emotional needs.

The effect of this spending on children is evident in our results.  

Recovery Premium funding

The recovery premium grant is part of the government’s package of funding to support pupils whose education has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools have received additional funding to help deal with the impact that the recent school closure has had on the educational progress of children. For the financial year 2021/22, the school received £2,755 in additional funds.  

It is focused on pupil premium eligible pupils. This is because of the additional impact of the pandemic on these students. However, schools can use it to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting any pupil based on an assessment of individual need.

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