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Pupil Premium

Ropley CE Primary School 2023-24

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 are required to report on the amount of funding received and how the money is being spent.

At Ropley CE Primary, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure.

The Pupil Premium allocation is currently calculated on the number of pupils on roll in receipt of free school meals and from 2012-13 the Government also included the funding for any children attending who has ever been on free school meals (£1450 per child), looked-after children (£2530 per child) and services children (£335 per child) on the date of the school census in the previous Autumn term.

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The Pupil Premium at Ropley

At Ropley we have a small proportion of children who are eligible for pupil premium.

In the school year 2021-22 we received £15,690 and in 2022-23 our allocation was £14,055.  The funding for the current financial year 2023-24 is £16,295.  The funding is used to provide the children that qualify with appropriate support, both academic and emotional, to ensure they make the maximum progress possible. This funding is put towards the costs of the following:

  • An additional teacher. Children are taught in smaller, discreet year groups ensuring teaching is modified to meet particular needs and specific year group objectives.
  • Increasing Phonics screening results for disadvantaged pupils.
  • 1:1 tutoring with 3rd Space learning
  • Additional phonics teaching
  • 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 support 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.
  • Active encouragement to attend after school clubs and trips (25% discount). A variety of clubs on offer to meet the interests of all children.  Financial support offered to all PP children and targeted invitations for some.
  • To provide financial support for residential and day visits as needed.

How do we know if this is making a difference?

The cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the children’s attainment will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. Review meetings will take place at each milestone (approximately every 9 weeks) between the class teachers, support staff and the headteacher. At each milestone, the school will review the impact of actions taken and will plan for how the funding will be specifically allocated over the next phase.

Pupil Premium Funding and the impact of this is a regular item on the governors meeting agendas.

Designated staff member in charge: Miss Sarah Vittle (Headteacher)

Nominated governor: Mrs Jo Rodgers

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.  Alternatively, please see the letter below which details how we can make the check on your behalf.

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