The Pupil Premium enhances opportunities for eligible children.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Pupil Premium funds are allocated by the central government for pupils who have ever received Free School Meals in the last six years (FSM Ever6) or who are 'Looked After Children' (children in care or adopted). A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
All members of staff, governors and teaching assistants accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within the school environment.
Redmile School is committed to ‘Narrowing the Gap’ between vulnerable pupils and their peers. The pupil premium will form a vital part of that process.
Provision will be made through:
- Supporting pupils’ access to education
- Supporting pupils’ access to the curriculum
- Alternative support and intervention where appropriate within the school environment.
School Year 2020/2021
School Year 2019/20
Some of the ways we spent it last year and the impact it had are:
- Paired or group tuition/intervention which helped children with specific identified needs; without it, they may have been at risk of underachievement. Our children made progress and are achieving well.
- School visits and activities asking for voluntary financial contributions from parents which are an important aspect of education, are subsidised by the premium to ensure no child misses out. This includes trips such as residentials. Children’s learning was enriched and their self-confidence grew.
- Financial support for extra-curricular activities, including those offered by other clubs or providers outside of school, boost confidence, health, fitness and subsequently boost attainment. This has included, for example, drumming lessons and Magical Maths.
- Help is given with the cost of purchasing school uniform; this ensures all children feel a sense of belonging.
- Financing support from outside agencies to help children with specific identified needs, which might put them at risk of underachievement due emotional/ health/well-being/social factors.
- Financial support to enable children to participate in clubs/activities which they may not have the opportunity to attend due to difficulties with transport (the rural setting of our catchment means parents have to drive children many miles to access them) or they have a low income. Our children represent the school in competitive sports, perform in concerts/assemblies and have their achievements celebrated at our Friday Special Assembly.