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RPS Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2017-2018

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RPS Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2016-2017

What is Pupil Premium?

‘The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months…. and eligibility for the Pupil Premium was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.

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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.’

(from http://www.education.gov.uk)

Pupil Premium Report

In the January 2016 Census 38 pupils were recorded as Ever 6 FSM at a rate of £1320 per pupil including an allocation for 1 child from a service family at £300 per pupil, which is 18% of our whole school population. Our total Pupil Premium allocation for 2016-17 is £49,140 while our allocation for 2015-16 was £50,460.


At Redesdale Primary School Pupil Premium is used to provide appropriate intervention for specific children to ensure they are making expected progress in their learning. We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.

We have looked very closely at the intervention that is provided and the groups within the Pupil Premium.

  • 18% of the whole school population are eligible for the pupil premium.
  • 36% of the pupils eligible for the pupil premium have SEN.
  • 5% of the pupils eligible for the pupil premium have English as an Additional Language.

Support has been given through:

  • One-to-one work with teachers and teaching assistants
  • Small group work with teachers and teaching assistants.
  • Group work with visiting intervention staff from the Wallsend group of schools.
  • Transition mentors.

Pupil Premium Grant Allocation for 2015 – 2016 was £50,460

As a school we targeted the Pupil Premium Grant:

  • To provide targeted small group work with Teachers which are focused on overcoming gaps in pupils’ learning.
  • To provide additional Teaching Assistant support to provide targeted interventions across school to meet the needs of identified children through targeted personalised support either one to one or in small group situations.
  • To continue to utilise Intervention Staff and Transition Mentors from the Wallsend schools to support pupils emotionally as well as academically one to one or in small group situations.
  • To consider providing financial support on a case by case basis for children to access residential activities or to support voluntary contributions for visits/resources.


Staff worked with booster groups in Year 2 and Year 6 to ensure children reach the expected standard or above.

Timetables were amended to ensure staff were working with pupils at the appropriate times and not missing key lessons. Intervention during assembly time and focused, targeted group work during lessons meant teachers and teaching assistants were able to work with small groups of children or one-to-one on intervention programmes.

Pupil Premium children were identified as to who needed targeted intervention in the Autumn Term and the appropriate targeted support was put in place. Intervention information was collated using an ‘Intervention Tracker’ where children’s Baseline Assessments were evidenced in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Throughout the year children’s progress has been closely monitored and tracked to ensure the support was making an impact. Further assessments have taken place in the Spring and Summer term.

When student teachers were teaching on final placements staff were able to utilise their time to target specific children in their own class and in other classes to support pupil progress.

NTLT Literacy Intervention has supported children in Year 6 and Year 3 to make at least expected progress in Reading and Spelling.

Wallsend Maths Intervention included 10 weeks of support, 1 afternoon per week with Year 6 children and focused on mathematical vocabulary, confidence in calculation methods, tables knowledge and consolidation of basic skills.


Year 6 Class Teacher Intervention and Booster Groups, Wallsend Maths & Reading Booster and NTLT Literacy Intervention have made an impact on our Pupil Premium Key Stage 2 results with:-

  • 5 pupils out of the 6 meeting the expected standard in Reading and GPaS (83.3%).
  • 4 pupils out of the 6 meeting the expected standard in Mathematics. (67%)
  • 3 pupils out of the 6 have been teacher assessed as ‘working at the expected standard’ or ‘working at greater depth in the expected standard’ in Writing. (50%)

End of Key Stage 1 and 2 data (Year 2 and Year 6) is extremely positive and shows good attainment for the majority of children who are eligible for Pupil Premium.

Clear evidence of the impact of intervention is presented through whole school data. Data is assessed through the use of Steps progress – beginning, working within and secure where children make a specific number of steps to make expected progress.

Year 2 Class Teacher and Support Staff Interventions have made an impact on our Pupil Premium Key Stage 1 results with:-

  • 2 pupils out of the 5 have been teacher assessed as ‘working at the expected standard’ in Reading. (40%)
  • 3 pupils out of the 5 have been teacher assessed as ‘working at the expected standard’ in Writing. (60%)
  • 2 pupils out of the 5 have been teacher assessed as ‘working at the expected standard’ in Mathematics. (40%)

Targeted interventions at different times of the day and with a range of staff are already showing an impact. Teachers are challenged to narrow the gap of children who are in a range of vulnerable groups and to ensure they meet expected progress. Progress reviews are held every half term and staff must report on progress, attainment, key factors that have impacted on specific target groups and next steps. Data is then reviewed by the Assistant Head, Deputy Head and Headteacher and progress and attainment is monitored for improvements.

Children receiving pupil premium funding across school have met or exceeded the expected standards for their age in:-

  • Reading 81.5%
  • Writing 63%
  • Maths 78%

The Governing Body are clear about the impact that the pupil premium funding is having on pupils’ performance.

How much Pupil Premium has Redesdale Primary School received 2011-2015?

In 2011/12 Redesdale Primary was allocated £12,688.00, and in 2012/13 we were allocated £26,400.00. In the January 2013 Census 43 pupils were recorded as Ever 6 FSM @ £953 per pupil which is a total of £40,979 for 2013/14.  In 2014/2015 our allocation was £57,500, which included a new smaller allocation for children of service families.

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