____________________________ Pupil Premium


What is Pupil Premium?

Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, and to support pupils with parents in the armed forces.


This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their peers.


Who is entitled to Pupil Premium?

The Government has used pupils entitled to Free School meals as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School meals over a rolling six year period. Looked after children and those of service personnel also attract funding.


If you are on a low income or receive Child Benefit and any of these benefits, you could claim free school meals for your child:
  • Child Tax credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (earnings after tax and not including any benefits you get)
You may qualify for free school meals for your child if:
  • you are an asylum seeker
  • you live outside Barking and Dagenham but meet the previous criteria and your child is attending a school in the borough
  • your only or main income is one of the benefits listed


If you think you are eligible for Free School Meals please click here.



How was Pupil Premium Funding used in 2018-19?

Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.
31% of the 2018-19 cohort (compared to 34% for 2019-20) were granted Pupil Premium and Riverside Bridge School  was granted a total amount of £55,400 for 2018-19.
Rationale : In light of the Ofsted inspection which took place in July 2018, behaviour and safety around behaviour were highlighted as main concerns which resulted in an inadequate grading. In July 2018, Ofsted highlighted : “
Leaders and staff do not do enough to pre-empt or de-escalate situations that adversely impact on pupils’ well-being. Pupils often become overwhelmed and their behaviour deteriorates rapidly.”


Please see below the breakdown of how the PPG has been used for the year 2018-19:
Barriers to future achievement:
Complex Learning Difficulties and Disability
How Riverside Bridge School plans to overcome the identified Barriers using the Pupil Premium Grant
Complex and challenging behaviour associated with Autism and other neurological disordersTeam Teach training for all permanent members of staff
Team Teach Trainers included in the permanent staffing structure
Inclusion support staff to support pupils with autism and other neurological disorders
Robust package to record behaviours and identify patterns which impact on achievements
Introduction of a behaviour lead within the senior leadership team.
The impact of this funding is monitored through Pupil Progress meetings and reports to governors.


Due to the changes made and the implementation of using Pupil Premium Funding to improve behaviour around the school, our recent Ofsted Monitoring visit in March 2019 highlighted a significant improvement in managing behaviour.

“The school’s records show a significant decrease in the number of high level behavioural incidents since September 2018.

When high levels incidents occur, staff  minimise the impact on the safety and learning of other pupils.


For more information on Free School Meals and Pupil Premium, please visit the DfE website.


Riverside Brisge School Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-20
Riverside Bridge School Pupil Premium Strategy 2018-19