What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to schools and academies to:
- raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
- support children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.
It was first introduced in April 2011. Since then the amount schools and academies receive has increased. Schools and academies will receive funding based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6).
Funding Allocation for 2019-20
The allocations are:
- £1,320 for each eligible primary aged pupil
- £1,900 for each Looked After Child
- £300 for each Service Child
The Department for Education has clear expectations how the Pupil Premium Grant may be spent:
- for the purposes of the school, ie, for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school;
- for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies;
- on community facilities, eg, services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated.
How does Redgate use the Pupil Premium?
At Redgate we are committed to raise achievement for pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium and know that these pupils must make faster progress than non-eligible pupils and we are determined to achieve this.
We create a package of support aimed to tackle the range of barriers including; attendance, behaviour, external factors, professional development focusing on improving outcomes for eligible pupils, improving the quality of teaching and learning, language acquisition, parental engagement, opportunities for first-hand experiences and development of literacy and numeracy skills.
All class teachers, phase leaders and subject leaders know which pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium so they can take responsibility for accelerating progress and accountability is shared across the school.
The Senior Leadership team have a clear overview of how funding is allocated and the difference it is making to the outcomes of pupils termly. The Governing Body is ambitious for pupils and closely monitors the school's effectiveness in closing the gap between different groups of pupils.