____________________________ 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-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 is Pupil Premium Funding used?
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.
44.2% of the 2022-23 cohort were granted Pupil Premium and Riverside Bridge School was granted a total amount of £49,339 for 2022-23.
Please see below the breakdown of how the PPG has been used for the year 2022-23:
|Aim of the PPG
|How Riverside Bridge School plans to overcome the identified Barriers using the Pupil Premium Grant
|To ensure pupils are ready for learning by being regulated in their emotional state.
|Pupils encouraged to recognise and manage their own emotions through the use of Zones of Regulation
Communication strategies in place for pupils to communicate their emotions using the Zones of Regulation
Staff to use communication strategies effectively
Staff undertake training to support teaching of emotions
Safe spaces provided around the school to enable pupils to regulate in an appropriate environment
Fewer behaviour incidents recorded for these students
Robust and supportive behavioural intervention plans to be in place for these students
To ensure each pupil’s needs are assessed and appropriate equipment / experiences are provided in order to keep the child regulated
Investment into Behaviour Team
Private Speech and Language Therapist to train staff in delivery of service.
|To improve attendance pupils
|Overall attendance for pupils eligible for PP to improve to the school attendance target of 95%.
Home support to parents/carers of pupils who have long term
absences due to medical conditions/hospital admissions.
|To ensure personalised
needs are met to overcome
barriers to learning.
|To ensure each pupil’s needs are assessed and appropriate equipment / experiences are provided in order to enable to pupils to make some progress.
The impact of this funding was monitored through pupils’ progress reviews and reports to Governors.
In 2019-20, due to the changes made and the implementation of using Pupil Premium Funding to improve reading skills, behaviour strategies and levels of physical activities across the school, the Ofsted inspection in February 2020 highlighted a significant improvement in all areas.
“Staff prioritise improving pupils’ reading skills, including phonics when this is appropriate. Pupils enjoy stories because teachers read to them every day.”
“Staff are calm and skilled when managing situations where pupils’ behaviour is challenging.”