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Pupil Premium and Catch up Premium

All about Pupil Premium at RJS


Pupil Premium is an amount of money paid to schools in order to support children who are entitled to free school meals.  There is a historic gap in achievement between the most and least advantaged children in the country and this money is to be used by schools to close that gap.



Disadvantaged pupils:
Pupils in Year Groups R to 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £1,320
Pupils in Year Groups 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £935


Looked After Children (LAC)£1,900
Children adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 1 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order £1,900


Service children:
pupils in Year Groups R to 11 recorded as Ever 4 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence. £300



Why has it been introduced?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is in addition to the main school budget, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.


How do we spend the money?

We spend the money in variety of ways on both academic and pastoral interventions.  The goal is to increase the number of FSM children making more than expected progress so that not only their progress is in line with non-FSM but also the gap in attainment decreases too. Please see the strategy report below for ways we spend the allocation. 


How do we know that this makes a difference to the pupils?

The above activities/interventions are closely monitored to ensure that we are getting value for money from our Pupil Premium allocation. Please see the impact report below to see how it helps our pupils. 



RJS Pupil Premium Strategy and impact Statements

The role of the Pupil Premium Governor at RJS

Ripley Junior School Pupil Premium Policy

All about Catch-up Premium

Following the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent closure of schools during lockdown one and three, the government issued an amount of catch-up funding to all schools to support with closing gaps that ay have immerged in learning.


At Ripley Junior School, when deciding how to allocate and spend the money that we will be receiving, we have considered the needs of our pupils, have listened to their experiences of lockdown and have teacher assessed the progress our children have made. We also know what strategies have worked well in the past for our children and have also used the government recommended, ‘Covid-19 Support Guide for Schools’, published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to identify the best strategies, based on long term research, that will enable us to achieve the most positive outcomes.

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