What is Pupil Premium funding?
The Pupil Premium is funding given to schools to tackle disadvantage and social inequality. The amount of money is calculated by the Government from:
- The number of children who have been eligible for free school meals within the past six years.
- The number of children who have spent time in, or been adopted from, Local Authority Care.
- Additional money is also given to the school to support children who have had a parent in active military service during the past three years.
Why do we need Pupil Premium funding?
The school uses the money to support children identified as disadvantaged within school to ensure they make the same progress, and reach the same levels of attainment, as their peers. "Let your light shine" (Matthew 5: 16) surmises the vision and belief we have for all pupils at Richard Coates. All our pupils are individuals who have great potential to do well; not just academically but also in their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. Those pupils who meet the Pupil Premium criteria are believed to be more vulnerable to underachievement than others. These pupils need more support and encouragement than others to achieve their full potential. It is our professional responsibility to do our utmost to ensure this happens.
How do we use Pupil Premium funding?
By really knowing our pupils who qualify for Pupil Premium funding we tailor our support packages to meet their individual and specific needs. We provide both direct and indirect support to pupils with the overall aim of raising their achievement; the impact of any support is closely monitored to ensure it meets the needs of increasing the achievement of each pupil.
We do this in a number of ways:
- Additional pastoral support and mentoring.
- Ensuring the progress and attainment of pupils is closely monitored.
- Providing high quality interventions.
- Providing an enriched curriculum which presents opportunities that pupils may not otherwise experience, e.g. musical instrument tuition, sports coaching and residential visits.
- Providing access to high quality resources, including digital technologies and library resources outside of the normal school day.
- Ensuring pupils have the right educational resources, uniform and equipment.
- Booster and catch up sessions.
- Small group and one-to-one tuition.
- Smaller class sizes for Literacy and Numeracy.
Statistically Richard Coates has fewer students (14%) who are in receipt of Free School Meals when compared to schools nationally. As part of our Christian ethos of the school we view the needs of all students as important and strive to create the best opportunities and experiences for all, so that all may "have life and have it abundantly" (John 10:10).
How much Pupil Premium funding do we get?
The total amount of Pupil Premium funding we received for 2015 - 16 was £71,810 (plus an additional £3,600 for Service children).
The expected ammount for 2016 - 17 is:
|Years 5/6||Years 7/8||Total|
|FSM (Ever 6)||£34,320||£31,790||£66,110|
|LAC and Adopted from Care||£3,800||£5,700||£9,500|
|Service Child (Ever 3)||£1,500||£2,100||£3,600|
For further detail about spending costs, and the impact, please see files below.