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Pupil Premium

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.


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 six 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.

The Department for Education introduced the Service Pupil Premium (SPP) in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant as such any pupil in Reception to Year 11, who has been flagged as a service child since the January 2011 census, will continue to receive the premium (Ever 5 service child).

In order to be eligible for the SPP the following must apply;

  • One of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
  • They have been registered as a ‘service child’ in the school census at any point since 2011
  • one of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme
  • Pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time reserve service are classed as service children

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.

Core Principles

The principal, staff, and governors accept their responsibility for pupils eligible for the pupil premium.

  • All staff are dedicated to ensuring the gap in attainment and achievement closes between those pupils eligible for the pupil premium and all other pupils, and that the school continues to promote a fully inclusive comprehensive ethos.
  • All staff recognise the importance of high expectations for all students and the need for quality-first teaching to develop knowledge and skills through a mastery approach to learning.
  • All staff understand that the pupil premium funding is best utilised when directed at personalising learning for all eligible pupils so that they may achieve more than they first thought possible.

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. While 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:

  • Are given priority in the checking of learning, provision of feedback, and planning of lessons.
  • Improve their literacy and numeracy to enable access to the whole curriculum.
  • Are supported in having high aspirations for their future education and careers.
  • Remain in education or training post-16 and are able to access level 3 courses where appropriate.
  • Feel a sense of belonging to the school community and engage in the full range of opportunities available to them across the school.
  • Attain outcomes that enable them to pursue their chosen pathway.

As part of our efforts to achieve our vision, we use student profiling to address any specific barriers to learning that inform classroom teaching, intervention, and wider support.

Pupil Premium Spend Plan 2018-19

The pupil premium strategy has been evaluated extensively, and while there are some mitigating contexts for under-performance beyond the reach of the school, there is evidence that the 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 the additional support for pupil premium eligible students continues to have impact, the effective practice evaluations in the education endowment tool kit was referred to.

For 2018-19, we have prioritised the use of pupil premium as follows:

1 - KS4

  • Study events in maths and English.
  • ‘I Aspire’ support for students including mentoring, catch up, and organisational and emotional support.
  • Tuition for students requiring English as an additional language.
  • Specific mentoring to raise achievements and aspirations.
  • Breakfast, lunchtime, and after-school supported study sessions.
  • Review of every student’s timetable in year 11 and re-coursing as needed.
  • Off-site educational, specialist provision.
  • 1:1 tuition programmes for individuals who are unwell, school phobic, or below target grades in key areas.
  • ‘I Aspire’ sessions to support year 11 students three evenings a week to provide targeted intervention.
  • Revision sessions and support based on areas of curriculum need and assessment feedback.
  • Pastoral support.
  • Literacy drop-in.
  • Support for students to attend next steps visits/interviews at college or workplaces.
  • To provide study materials.
  • Aspirational events for high prior attainers.
  • Careers support and 1:1 careers meetings.
  • Peer mentors and academic support (sixth form students).

2 - KS3

  • Alternative curriculum enrichment programme (ACE), including external mentor programme.
  • Literacy testing and intervention support through Accelerated Reader and Lexia software.
  • Literacy tutoring (years 7 to 9).
  • Literacy extraction groups (years 7 and 8).
  • Additional maths support in and beyond class (years 7 to 9).
  • Tuition for students requiring English as an additional language.
  • Self-esteem events, workshops, and activities.
  • Enrichment activities and support for trips and extracurricular engagement.
  • Pastoral support.

3 - Support

  • Attendance monitoring and intervention.
  • Education welfare officer to focus on students below 90% attendance.
  • Independent careers advice and guidance.
  • Mentors (school based and external businesses).
  • Cost of study materials, e.g. study guides, maths equipment.
  • Transport to support wider school and extracurricular engagement.
  • Additional hours for pupil premium manager and team to track student progress and run ‘I Aspire’.
  • Curriculum trip support.
  • Student progress plans for all pupil premium students to be shared with staff.
  • Counselling.
  • Support with uniform costs and school equipment.
  • Supported study in the LRC.
  • Individualised timetables.

4 - Enrichment

  • Run aspirational events e.g. university trips.
  • Full and varied extracurricular programme.
  • Support to ensure every child has access to all additional opportunities by the school.

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