Pupil Premium students are identified by the government as belonging to one of the following categories; those in receipt of free school meals, those who have been at some point in the last six years, looked after children, adopted children and children with at least one parent in the armed forces.
Background: All schools are allocated a proportion of their funding from central government which is called the “pupil premium”. The main pupil premium funding allocated to the school is based on the number of pupils who currently qualify for Free School Meals (FSM), or have qualified for FSM at any point in the last 6 years. This is called FSM Ever 6. The School also receives a smaller amount of pupil premium funding for eligible pupils who are looked after children, children of services families and children adopted from care after 2005.
Pupil premium funding, and those pupils who are eligible for it, remain under constant review to ensure the school combines high impact support and intervention with value for money. Pupil Premium funding at The Ridgeway School is carefully ring-fenced and always spent on the targeted group of children, although others may benefit from this intervention. It is applied to all pupils across the ability range. Although the cohort includes a significant number of lower prior attaining pupils, it also includes AGAT (Able Gifted and Talented) pupils whom equally support with their learning.
The Principal, staff and governors accept their responsibility for pupils eligible for the pupil premium.
The Pupil Premium funding is used to address the main barriers to learning, supporting a variety of strategies to promote social inclusion and accelerate progress for eligible pupils. Whilst the specific support provided to students is based on individual need there are Seven Non-Negotiables that underpin the aspiration for how the funding is allocated.
To ensure learners eligible for support through pupil premium funding:
The Pupil Premium strategy has been evaluated extensively and whilst there are some mitigating contexts for under-performance beyond the reach of the school, there is evidence that focused approach implemented last year targeting the individual needs of students should be further extended for the 2018/19 academic year.
As well as the additional support for Pupil Premium eligible students there has been a review of the whole school procedures and expectations, particularly around assessment and specific feedback, which will have a significant impact on future cohorts. In order to best ensure that the additional support for pupil premium eligible students continues to have impact the effective practice evaluations in the Education Endowment Toolkit was referred to.
For 2018-19 we have prioritised the use of pupil premium as follows:
For individual need as appropriate
School Improvement Plan
As part of our whole school strategic improvement plan we have a detailed section to help everyone at Ridgeway move towards the aim of all disadvantaged students making excellent progress. Our aim is for disadvantaged students’ progress to be greater than non-disadvantaged students.
Key focus points include:
Collaborative learning (Triads) – training for staff to embed the principles of structured group work (effect size for disadvantaged students 5+ additional months progress)
Feedback – Our pupil premium involvement in quality first teaching includes a focus on training and support time to achieve specific clear and accurate feedback. (effect size for pupil premium 8+additional monthly progress) The move to Progress Checks in Y7-10, from September 2018, to ensure feedback to students is relevant and specific as well as enabling teachers to re-teach and address any misconceptions quickly has further supported the Question Level Feedback from the three Assessment Weeks implemented last year.
Teaching Assistants – The School has invested in support to train Learning Support Assistants, identified through the EEF Guidance Report particularly around the recommendation to use LSAs to supplement not replace teaching (average effect size for disadvantaged students 1+months additional progress).
Mastery Learning – The School has invested in Maths Mastery training in order to ensure disadvantaged students are not left behind their peers. Average effect size for disadvantaged students 5+ additional maths progress.
One to One Tuition – The School has bought in one to one tuition in numeracy and literacy to support learners to catch up .We also deliver small group tuition using the pupil premium (average effect size for disadvantaged students 5+additional months progress)
Please take a moment to review some of the ideas and documents on this website relating to our support for Pupil Premium students.
If you think you are eligible for Free School Meals, please click the link below and find out how to apply.
If you have any questions or ideas about how the school can further support your child, please contact the Pupil Premium Manager, Sarah Hill, on firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone on 01793 846100 (ext 202).
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