Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium enhances opportunities for eligible children.

The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been ‘Looked After’ (eg. foster care) continuously for more than six months.

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. 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.

Our Pupil Premium

Redmile Church of England Primary School is expecting to receive £14,520 for the financial year 2016-2017.

Due to the rural isolation of our community, we need to ensure our families have the financial support needed to ensure that all children have access to high quality extra-curricular activities, school trips and other curriculum enrichment activities as well as tuition that may be required to support their learning and develop their social skills.

We plan to utilise it in many different ways to enhance opportunities for eligible learners in our school. Some of the ways we spent it last year and the impact it had are:

  • Paired or group tuition/intervention which helped children with specific identified needs; without it, they may have been at risk of underachievement. Our children made progress and are achieving well.
  • School visits and activities asking for voluntary financial contributions from parents which are an important aspect of education, are subsidised by the premium to ensure no child misses out. This includes trips such as residentials. Children’s learning was enriched and their self-confidence grew.
  • Financial support for extra-curricular activities, including those offered by other clubs or providers outside of school, boost confidence, health, fitness and subsequently boost attainment. This has included, for example, drumming lessons and Magical Maths.
  • Help is given with the cost of purchasing school uniform; this ensures all children feel a sense of belonging.
  • Financing support from outside agencies to help children with specific identified needs, which might put them at risk of underachievement due emotional/ health/well-being/social factors. • Financial support to enable children to participate in clubs/activities which they may not have the opportunity to attend due to difficulties with transport (the rural setting of our catchment means parents have to drive children many miles to access them) or they have a low income. Our children represent the school in competitive sports, perform in concerts/assemblies and have their achievements celebrated at our Friday Special Assembly.

We will monitor the children’s attainment and progress, as well as their emotional and social well-being in order to measure impact of the Pupil Premium. We have an excellent working relationship with our families and know the children well. We will not publish details of SATs or other test results in order to protect the identity of our families due to the small cohorts at our school.

The next review of our Pupil Premium strategy will be at the end of the summer term 2017.

In 2015-2016 we received £15,840. Our pupils in receipt of the premium demonstrated that they progressed very well from their starting points and generally achieved national expectations or above. We are very proud of them all.

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