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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 2020-21?

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.
45.27% of the 2020-21 cohort (compared to 34% for 2019-20) were granted Pupil Premium and Riverside Bridge School  was granted a total amount of £79685 for 2020-21.
Disadvantaged Pupil Barriers to Success
Complex and challenging behaviour associated with Autism and other neurological disorders.
Poor attendance for pupils with complex medical needs.
Progress can be spikey due to individual barriers each pupil faces across the curriculum, and the school needs to identify those barriers to learning and address them for each individual PP pupil.


Please see below the breakdown of how the PPG has been used for the year 2020-21:
Aim of the PPGHow 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.
Communication strategies in place for pupils to communicate their emotions.
Staff to use communication strategies effectively.
Staff to 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 pupils.
Robust and supportive behavioural intervention plans to be in place for these pupils.
Each pupil’s needs are assessed and appropriate equipment /
experiences are provided in order to keep the child regulated.
To improve attendance pupils
attracting PP.
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.

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.”


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


Riverside Bridge School Pupil Premium Strategy 2020-21
Riverside Bridge School Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-20
Riverside Bridge School Pupil Premium Strategy 2018-19