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 those who are not 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, allocated to schools per Free School Meals pupil, is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils in their care.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. Since September 2012, the Government has also required schools to publish online information about how they have used the Pupil Premium. This ensures that parents and others are made fully aware of the impact of the funding on the attainment and progress of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
Our Pupil Premium
In our Mission Statement we state that at Ripple Primary School we are proud to provide a safe, stimulating and inclusive learning environment where every member of our community is valued and respected. Our use of the Pupil Premium helps us to ensure that our broad, balanced, creative curriculum and enrichment activities provide opportunities for all to achieve and succeed.
The Pupil Premium Grant
Ripple Primary School received a total of £385,440 in 2016-2017 from the Government as 34.3% of our pupils currently receive Free School Meals. This is well above the National Average. This compares to £429,100 in 2015-2016.
Below is a summary of how the Pupil Premium has been allocated during the current academic year to ensure that this funding has helped targeted pupils achieve their best. This grant is spent in different ways across the school. The main focus is on raising attainment and increasing pupil’s progress in their learning. The school also provides an extensive range of targeted and universal family support services. In addition to this the school offers a range of extracurricular enrichment activities aimed at providing both inspirational and aspirational opportunities for our children.
This has been achieved through a range of strategies and support including:
- the Every Child a Reader initiative which includes Reading Recovery in Yr1 and also Better Reading Partners across KS1 and KS2.
- additional teaching and non-teaching staff appointments to provide targeted interventions in literacy and numeracy, e.g. Toe-by-Toe, Numicon, Reading Stars.
- universal family support initiatives, e.g. FAST (Families And Schools Together) programme, Incredible Years course.
- targeted family support through our Family Support Workers and Youth Workers
- extracurricular enrichment activities, including sports and music, where the school has achieved national success and recognition, e.g. cricket and football teams playing in competitive finals at Lords and at Anfield (not bad for a school with no grass or pitches), the samba drummers performing at the Royal Albert Hall three times, representing the UK at the International Children’s Festival in Fethiye, Turkey and performing by invitation in the 2015 and 2016 Notting Hill Carnival parades.
The Impact of the Pupil Premium
Our most recent Ofsted inspection (May 2016) noted that:
|“Pupil premium funding has been used effectively to narrow gaps between the progress attainment of disadvantaged pupils and others. Where gaps exist, they are closing rapidly. This reflects the school’s commitment to equality of opportunity.”|
|“Governors ensure that the school meets all its statutory requirements. They monitor the impact of spending on key groups of pupils within the school and make sure that pupil premium funding is used effectively to close gaps in achievement.”|
Between 2013 and 2015 the gap between our Pupil Premium children and the National Non Pupil Premium children has narrowed in all areas and has exceeded National Pupil Premium in most areas. The graphs on the following document illustrate this very clearly:
The school’s Pupil Premium Champion (Roger Mitchell) and Link Governor (Jade Brindley) monitor the impact of the school’s Pupil Premium spending on a termly basis. At these meetings, the school’s termly assessment data is used to monitor the in year progress for Pupil Premium children as compared to the full cohort.
The next full review of Pupil Premium will be undertaken by the school in November 2017.