Ropley CE Primary School 2016-17

What is the Pupil Premium? 

The pupil premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the Local authority and the children of armed services personnel.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” 

Source - DfE website

All schools can choose how they think the money should best be used but they required to report on the amount of funding received and how the money is being spent.

 The Pupil Premium allocation is currently calculated on the number of pupils on role in receipt of free school meals and from 2012-13 the Government also included the funding for any children attending who have ever been on free school meals (£1320 per child), looked-after children (£1900 per child) and services children (£300 per child) on the date of the school census.

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The Pupil Premium at Ropley

At Ropley we have a small proportion of children who are eligible for pupil premium, although this has increased steadily over the past three years.

In the school year 2015-16 we received £30,360 Pupil Premium funding and in 2016-17 this rose to £30,660. The funding has been used to provide the children that qualify with appropriate support, both academic and emotional, to ensure they made the maximum progress possible. This funding was put towards the costs of the following:

  • Providing short term intervention programmes for underachieving pupils and those with SEN e.g. precision teaching programmes, literacy programmes – both in spelling and reading.
  • To provide directed suppport for those children who are not SEN but could make better progress with targeted support: e.g. spelling interventions.
  • To provide ELSA (Emotional Literacy) support for individual pupils, both in the short and the longer term.
  • To sustain and develop levels of learning support assistants in the classrooms across the school providing regular targeted support for the PP children.
  • To provide funding to ensure all children have access to high quality extra-curricular activities e.g. Family swimming club and football club.
  • To provide financial support for residential and day visits as needed.

How do we know if this is making a difference? We track the progress of all of our pupils in school on a termly basis and appropriate interventions are put in place if any child is not making at least expected progress. The school’s progress data is monitored centrally by the DfE and children receiving free school meals and service families are tracked separately. Our current data shows that there is no significant difference in progress between our pupil premium children and their peers but the cohorts are balanced differently and future years show a greater proportion of pupil premium children in some year groups and the majority of these are receiving SEN support.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child, please speak to the Headteacher.

If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals you can apply on-line which is a very easy process and will notify the school office automatically if your child is eligible. Click here to check your eligibility.  

Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school.