Pupil Premium / PE Grants / Year7 Catch-up

North Ridge Community School - Pupil Premium / PE Grants / Year7 Catch-up

Premium Funding

Pupil Premium funding at North Ridge Community School is “used to sustain provision targeted at a wide range of disadvantaged pupils.” (DfE 2013 Evaluation of Pupil Premium) to help overcome their individual barriers to learning. Over the last academic year, the focus was to draw on the expertise of our teaching staff to ensure that the pupils in our school can access a curriculum that is individualised and appropriate to their learning needs with the intention of diminishing the difference between the performances of groups of pupils in the school.

School data analysis has been used to identify achievement gaps and determine priorities as a whole school. Pupil Premium money has been combined with funding from other sources in order to sustain provision for all our targeted pupils and students, including members of those groups of pupils who attract the Pupil Premium. Not all support was directly aimed at raising attainment. Some support focussed on wider issues in children’s and families’ lives and was intended to promote good attendance and shared high expectations between home and school. Where home support directly impacted on learning, the targeted support delivered by the Pastoral Team was successful and this will continue to be a key element to our targeted support.

Our use of targeted staffing for support and use of expenditure is on staffing is an informed decision and we are finding this type of targeted support effective. The evaluation of the Pupil Premium Research Report July 2013 states that around 75% or more of surveyed schools using additional staff to support disadvantaged pupils also considered that this was effective. Additional support outside the classroom was thought to be effective by at least 60% of the schools offering this. Additional support inside the classroom was thought to be effective by around 70% of primary schools, special schools and PRUs.

Objectives for Pupil Premium funding

  • To diminish the difference between disadvantaged pupils and their peers
  • To raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils
  • To ensure that quality first teaching (QFT)  meets the needs of each learner
  • To support the pupil’s emotional well-being through targeted support
  • To improve attendance, behaviour and links with families where these are barriers to a pupil’s learning

In the wider context, the Department for Education has a draft consultation document in circulation at the moment called ‘Schools Causing Concern, Intervening in failing, under-performing and coasting schools.’ This will provide guidance for Local Authorities and Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs). One of the indicative factors listed that RSCs should take into account in determining the course of action for coasting schools is “The school’s use of pupil premium and how the school has evaluated the impact of that use.” This indicates the high level of importance attached to a school’s use of this funding.  This will then be discussed with Governors.

The NRCS Pupil Premium Strategy Plan 2019-20 are currently under review.

Please click here to see the NRCS Pupil Premium Funding Strategy & Impact Statement 2018-19

Please click here to see the NRCS Pupil Premium Funding Strategy & Impact Statement 2017-18

Please click here to see the NRCS Pupil Premium Funding Strategy & Impact Statement 2016-17

Please click here to see the NRCS Pupil Premium Funding Strategy & Impact Statement 2015-16

Year 7 Catch-up Grant

100% of students in this year’s Year 7 intake did not achieve Level 4 at the end of Key Stage 2 in Reading/Literacy and/or Maths. The Department for Education (DfE) provides us with an additional £500 for each student to provide them with extra support to ‘catch up’.

  • We expect schools to use the funding to provide additional teaching support to pupils who have not reached level 4 in Reading/Literacy and/or Maths at the end of Year 6
  • Funding is £500 per pupil who have not reached Level 4 in either area

Using the Funding

  • Schools should assess the needs of individual pupils to decide the best way to use the funding
  • Schools should select programmes and approaches for which there is the good evidence of effectiveness in improving outcomes

 Effective use of funding to support catch-up may include:

  • Individual tuition in addition to classroom teaching. Schools should take care to minimise risks from pupils missing out on mainstream lessons
  • Intensive small-group tuition, perhaps supported by new classroom materials and resources. This could take place at lunchtimes or after school
  • Purchasing external services and materials to add to those provided by the school, for example tutor services or proven computer-based learning or online support

Outline of Y7 Catch up allocation 19-20

Please click here to see our Y7 Literacy Catch Up Funding 2016-17

Please click here to see our Y7 Numeracy Catch Up Funding 2016-17

Please click here to see our Y7 Literacy Catch Up Funding 2017-18

Please click here to see our Y7 Numeracy Catch Up Funding 2017-18

Primary PE & Sports Grant

About the Premium 

The Department for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport announced in 2013 that new funding would be made available to support the provision of P.E and sport in state maintained schools. 

The grant will improve the provision and outcomes of P.E and sport for KS1 & 2 students to enable them to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle, whilst having fun. Through participation in sport and physical education our younger students will learn the importance of key values such as: Honesty, Teamwork, Fair play and Respect for themselves and others. 

North Ridge School P.E & Sport Provision 

North Ridge Community School provides physical education both inside and outside of the school which helps students to learn and develop important life skills. 

We support and encourage students through curriculum based subjects and an enrichment programme which allows them to make healthy lifestyle choices. 

Students are involved in a variety of activities that encourage life-long participation in physical activity and these include: 

  • A soft play area to improve the development and coordination of EYFS and students who have limited mobility  
  • An outside Gym and specialised activity area on both Primary & Secondary playgrounds 
  • Swimming 
  • Street Dance 
  • Cheerleading 
  • Cycling 
  • A  new fitness suite 
  • Sports Day & Disport 
  • Healthy cooking & eating 

North Ridge Community School believe that Physical Education is an essential part of all pupils’ and students’ educational development. We support the government’s initiative for all children to enjoy being active. Through PE including sport and dance, our pupils and students learn to develop the important qualities of communication, positive attitude, motivation, building self-esteem and resilience. We aim to provide high quality teaching in PE and provide a wide variety of opportunities for children that encourage and inspire every individual child regardless of their ability and starting point. 

Please click here for the Primary PE Sports Premium 2019-20

Please click here for the Primary PE Sports Premium 2018-2019

Please click here for the Primary PE and Sport Premium 2017-18

Please click here for the Primary PE and Sport Premium 2016-17

The EFA 16-19 Bursary Grant 

The 16-19 Bursary Fund helps 16 to 19-year-olds continue in education, where they might otherwise struggle for financial reasons. It is made up of two parts – bursaries of £1200 a year to the most vulnerable young people and a discretionary fund for schools, colleges, academies, training providers and local authorities (providers) to distribute as they feel is necessary where a pupil is eligible. 

Priority Award 

Young people in the defined vulnerable groups will receive bursaries of £1200 a year (awarded in three equal payments, each term). Pupils in the priority group fall in to one of the following: 

  • children in care 
  • care leavers 
  • those pupils receiving income support 
  • those pupils in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Discretionary Award 

A discretionary award may be granted because of a low household income (currently £20,000 or below, unless there are exceptional circumstances).  Discretionary payments are awarded to cover expenses relating to:- 

  • Uniform 
  • School trips – predominantly residentials 

The Priority award is funded each year once the initial claim has been submitted and eligibility has been confirmed (an eligibility check is performed automatically each year). Pupils must submit a new claim for each discretionary award.

Further info: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/16-to-19-education-financial-support-for-students 


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