Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

You may have heard about the Pupil Premium in the news. The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low income families and to narrow the gap between children entitled to free school meals or in public care and those who are not. If you think you may be entitled to free school meals then please ask – this is a statutory right. The Premium is intended to enable schools to provide targeted support to help these children reach their full potential.

How will schools spend the Pupil Premium?

Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. Our allocation for this academic year was £76 560.

How is the Pupil Premium used to support pupils at Bishop Ridley?

We are using the Pupil Premium In 2015-16 in the following ways:

  • A member of the senior management team has specific responsibility for tracking the progress of children entitled to the Pupil Premium (known as 'FSM6' pupils).

  • We are employing a qualified teacher for 0.5FTE to work with FSM6 pupil in years 4 and 5 on improving their English and maths, following structured intervention programmes..

  • We have increased Teaching Assistant provision throughout the school to provide extra support for groups and individuals. All classes up to and including year 3 now have the equivalent of a full-time TA.

  • We have increased the hours of our Inclusion Co-ordinator by half a day per week.

  • We are releasing teachers in years 3 and 4 for an hour a week to work with targeted groups and individuals who may need extra support in English and maths.

  • We are employing a Parent Support Adviser to liaise with parents and provide them with specific support where needed, making links with external agencies.

  • We are using the Pupil Premium to subsidise the Macbeth project in year 4, developing pupils’ literacy skills and self-confidence.

  • We use it to subsidise other cultural activities (eg. the African drumming day and visiting theatre groups).

  • We subsidise off-site activities and trips (eg. to galleries, concerts, museums and exhibitions) to develop pupils’ cultural experience.

  • We subsidise the cost of music tuition and club fees for FSM6 pupils.

  • We hold regular attendance surgeries for parents of children with unsatisfactory attendance, as this is often linked to poor attainment. These are attended by the Deputy Head, our Attendance Officer and the Education Welfare Officer.

  • One of our Teaching Assistants has been specially trained to run programmes of therapeutic play for children with emotional or behavioural difficulties.

  •  We invite professionals into school to talk to the children about their jobs, how they qualified and what their responsibilities are.

Pupil Premium for 2014-2015

Our allocation for the last academic year was £72 800. We spent it in the same way as outlined above, narrowing the attainment gap between FSM6 and non-FSM6 pupils. The proportion of our Year 6 FSM6 pupils achieving or surpassing the expected levels in Maths, Reading and Writing was 75%, compared to 84% non-FSM6. The national average was 67% for FSM6 puils as compared with 83% non-FSM6, which shows that the attainment gap between the two groups is narrower at Bishop Ridley than it is across the country (9% as opposed to 16%).