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Pupil Premium

Pupils in a classroom at River View Primary School

What is the Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium plays a key role in the way school is funded. River View Primary School is committed to ensuring that this funding is used to support key groups of children to achieve their full potential. All staff are aware of the needs of our children and we ensure that they all have access to an engaging and well-planned learning experience. We recognise and understand that some groups of children require additional support in order to achieve well and our pupil premium funding helps us to do that. We identify key areas and vulnerable groups for further support and ensure that every opportunity to meet children's diverse needs is explored. 


Pupil Premium funding is allocated on an annual basis running from the 1st of April each year. The allocation is made based on the number of children eligible for pupil premium at the 31st of October the year before and revised again in January.

At this school Pupil Premium is divided into three broad categories:

·         Children eligible for Free School Meals at any time in the last 6 years.

·         Looked after children.

·         Nursery children eligible for free school meals.

What is School’s current Pupil Premium Allocation?

The current allocation is £300, 960

The current number of children in school that qualify for the pupil premium is 240 as of January 2019.

What are the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible children at the school?

Each year, the Head Teacher and Senior Leaders identify the barriers to learning for the pupil premium children. For this academic year they are as follows:

·         Low levels of spoken language.

·         Lack of resources at home to support school.

·         Low reading levels.

·         Lack of parental confidence when supporting maths.

·         A narrow experience of life outside school.

·         A higher than average number of children with Special Educational Needs.

·         Low attendance.

·         Broken family structures.

·         Loss and bereavement.

·         Safeguarding and welfare issues that lead to Children’s Services involvement.

·         Less developed parenting skills.

·         Poor health of children, sometimes including poor diet.

Information on the impact of pupil premium spending last year.

We use this information to decide how to spend the pupil premium, which strategies we will use and the cost of the strategies. We measure the impact of the spending and use this information to decide if the strategies are working or not. At River View we recognise that the above barriers are not restricted to just those children eligible for the pupil premium so we often include a wider group of children in our strategies even if they are not eligible for the pupil premium. We believe this is a fair approach.

To find out how we spent our pupil premium allocation last year and how we are using the pupil premium funding this year, please use the link to the Pupil Premium Plan 18/19.

What is the date of the school’s next review of its PP Strategy?

The board of Governors review the pupil premium strategy in the autumn term each year. This year the date of the review is 7th December 2018. Next year it will take place in December 2019.

How does school measure the impact and effect of its expenditure?

In measuring the impact and effect of school’s pupil premium spending we focus mainly on children’s academic outcomes. For most items of spend we look at the cost and whether it made a difference to outcomes. We sometimes ask if outcomes would have been lower if we hadn’t invested in a particular strategy. All school data is analysed across a range of groups and pupil premium is always one of those groups. In this way school leaders, including Governors have a clear picture of what is working and what is less effective.

For information on our Sport Premium funding please visit our Sports & PE page



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