What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as other students who do not face these barriers. Schools receive £935 for each PP child (£300 for forces children) which is to be spent by the school to make redress for the achievement gap. Schools have an obligation to demonstrate effective use of this additional funding. It must be understood, however, that ‘one size does not fit all’ – a strategy that works with one student may not work with another. Ultimately, decisions regarding how to use the PP funding for educational purposes rest with the school leadership team.
Disadvantage can manifest in a range of ways. It can be financial or it can be linked to other social factors experienced by the child such as having spent time in local authority care or having a parent in the armed forces. However, whatever the cause, the barrier to academic progress caused by disadvantage is well-researched and proven. Nationally there is a distinct achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their peers. In 2017 the Progress 8 national gap was -0.4 for disadvantaged students meaning those eligible for Pupil Premium funding achieved, on average, almost half a grade lower across their spread of GCSE subjects than students from non-disadvantaged backgrounds. At Redmoor Academy all staff work hard to ensure Pupil Premium students are achieving in line with their peers. However, in addition, we have a team of staff who hold specific Pupil Premium responsibilities:
Kate Groocock, Assistance Vice Principal
Rebecca Carton, Pupil Premium Coordinator
Chloe Wightwick, Pupil Premium Mentor
At Redmoor Academy, we closely monitor the educational progress, health and well-being of all our Pupil Premium students to ensure early identification of any issues. Targeted support is offered to individuals alongside other entitlements received by all PP students. In May 2018, the school engaged the government-recommended organisation Achievement for All to conduct a Pupil Premium Review to assess the changes already in place for the academic year 2017-18 and to help develop an action plan for 2018-19. Our Pupil Premium Raising Achievement Plan is available for anybody to read, on request.
The linked document also contains more detail about the Pupil Premium provision at Redmoor Academy.