Pupil Premium is allocated for pupils of statutory school age from low income families who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM); those who have been entitled to FSM in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’); for children who are looked after by the Local authority (LAC); children who were previously looked after children (PLAC); and to children whose parents are currently serving in the Armed Forces.
Further details can be found on the Gov. website.
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 (FSM) and their peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In most cases Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. However, for accountability purposes, schools are required to show clearly how and where the money is spent.The main purpose of the extra funding is to narrow the attainment gap between pupils from disadvantaged and, or, disrupted backgrounds and other pupils.
At Riverside Federation, funding is reviewed and targetted according to need annually. It may differ each year according to the level of the funding and needs of the children but the provision we offer includes:
- additional adult support to access the curriculum; to pre teach new learning; to address misconceptions
- additional adult support to improve reading fluency by increasing reading miles in school
- financial support with enrichment activities including trips; residential trips; clubs
Below you can find a report regarding how Hilgay Riverside Academy and Ten Mile Bank Riverside Academy uses the pupil premium allocation and the impact this has on pupil progress