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What is the Pupil Premium?


The Pupil Premium is a grant given to schools to support children who may be vulnerable to under-achievement.  Schools receive funding for each child who is eligible.  A child is eligible for funding if there are, or ever have been, ‘Looked after children’ (LAC) or if they currently receive free school meals or have received free school meals at any time within the last six years (Ever 6 FSM).


Currently, schools receive £1,320 for each pupil in Reception to Year 6 who is currently receiving free school meals or who is identified as ‘Ever 6 FSM’.  Schools receive £1,900 for each ‘Looked after child’. 

Schools must publish pupil premium data, including the amount the school is currently receiving, as well as setting out how the pupil premium funding will be spent and the impact it is having on the attainment of eligible and other pupils.


Who is eligible for the Pupil Premium?


The government website (GOV.UK) explains that a child may be eligible for free school meals if his/her parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:


  • Income Support;
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit;
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190);
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit;
  • Universal Credit.


Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.


Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:

  • Younger than the compulsory age for starting school;
  • In full-time education


 This does not include all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who are eligible for Universal Infant Free School Meals.  This is a different scheme and parents receiving any of the above benefits must inform the school as the school may be able to receive additional funding.


Statement of Intent


At Bishop Ridley, we understand that every child is unique and aim to provide the best education possible to help all of our children to reach their full potential, regardless of their background or need. All members of our community are committed to meeting the pastoral, social and academic needs of our most vulnerable children, in an effort to close the gaps between these children and their non-disadvantaged peers.


Our Aims:


  • At Bishop Ridley we try to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our pupils.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to ‘vulnerable’ groups; this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are properly identified and addressed.
  • We recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We try to use Pupil Premium funding to support any pupils who can be described as being socially disadvantaged.
  • Pupil Premium funding is allocated following a needs analysis which identifies individuals; it is then used during the course of the academic year to support these children in a variety of ways;
  • We acknowledge that other pupils may be supported alongside pupil premium pupils and will benefit from what is provided.
  • We recognise that the needs of pupil premium pupils may not necessarily be academic, that they may be emotional, social, cultural or physical, and that we can use the Pupil Premium to address these needs.
  • We strive to raise the aspirations of all pupils, by showing them what education can offer.  By teaching them about the wider world we try to show them what opportunities can be afforded by valuing education, that we are all learners and that success comes from hard work and dedication.


The progress and attainment of all pupils are tracked and monitored throughout the year and class teachers, along with the SENCO, will ensure that all pupils receive the support and intervention they need to continue to make good progress and meet the end-of-year expectations.


What Challenges do our Disadvantaged Pupils Face?


We conduct regular analysis of our disadvantaged pupils to ensure that we remain up to date with the challenges and potential barriers to learning that they face. We do this by conducting staff surveys, as well as listening to pupil voice. This allows us to ensure that our Pupil Premium grant is tailored specifically to the needs of our pupils. As of September 2021, these are the barriers to learning that are faced by our disadvantaged pupils:


  • 20% of disadvantaged pupils also have a diagnosis of a Special Educational Need
  • 8% face challenges around speech and language
  • 28% demonstrate limited confidence of self-esteem
  • 44% have limited support from home
  • 28% struggle with attention or focus
  • 12% have issues with motor skills
  • 8% demonstrate social, emotional or well-being issues
  • 48% had attendance which was lower than 96% in the previous academic year.


Forecast for 2021-2022


In the academic year 2021-2022, we predict that we will receive £42,430 Pupil Premium funding for 26 children identified as disadvantaged.

Challenger Troop


This year, we have been lucky enough to work with Challenger Troop, who have been in to work with some of our children in Years 4, 5 and 6 on a Monday morning. The children have undertaken different drills and activities, designed to improve their confidence and teamwork abilities.


Following the course, the pupils were surveyed and the following results were obtained:


100% of pupils believed that Challenger Troop helped them to feel more confident.

100% felt that the course helped them to improve their discipline skills.

92% of pupils said that Challenger Troop improved their communication and listening skills.

92% said that they felt it helped to improve their focus inside of the classroom

100% said that they felt that their physical fitness had improved following their 6 week Challenger Troop course.


The children also spoke positively about their experiences with Challenger Troop overall:


"It change my mindset and the way I look at things. Without trying, I already feel like I'm more dedicated to my school work." - Child, Year 6


"I learnt to be more confident and to have more resilience." - Child, Year 5


"I have become very confident and have made lots of new friends." - Child, Year 6


"I learned how to be stronger and get more confident." - Child, Year 4


"I loved it because it was fun, challenging and my fitness is much better now. My confidence has gone up by 1 million!" - Child, Year 6


At the awards ceremony, all pupils were given a certificate for participating in the course and some children were chosen to receive special awards, based on their overall performance:

Wizard Theatre


In the Spring Term, nearly 40 pupils from across the school took part in a drama programme run by the Wizard Theatre group. Over the six sessions, pupils learnt a range of techniques and played a variety of games that enabled them to work together and improve their confidence at performing in front of others. At the end of the programme, each group performed a poem that they had been learning to a small audience. We were thrilled with the progress that they had made.


Following the workshops, our children were surveyed to discover their thoughts about Wizard Theatre:


  • 100% of the pupils felt that the workshops helped them to improve their ability to work as part of a group
  • 93% said that they felt their confidence had improved
  • 93% agreed that they felt braver to try new things.
  • 97% felt that the workshop helped them to improve their listening skills in class
  • 90% agreed that the workshop helped them to the opinions of their classmates
  • 90% said that they would like the chance to continue with the drama sessions next year.


Here's what our children had to say:


"This was incredibly fun and not a single part of it wasn't enjoyable. I would love this to continue." 


"Thank you Ange, Leon and Mr Catchpole for being so supportive and letting us do this! Can we please do this again?" 


"Thank you for making me feel more confident."


We would like to thank Leon and Angela from Wizard Theatre for coming in and brightening up our Wednesdays!