Pupil Premium

Schools receive extra funding to support students in different circumstances and help them achieve. This is known as the 'Pupil Premium'. Pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals and/or who are looked after should benefit from this. At Park Vale Academy we account for this funding to ensure that it is invested effectively to enhance our provision for these students.

Pupil Premium Statement : September 2018 - 2019

Pupil premium is funding provided to schools by the Government to support pupils within the following categories:

  1. Pupils who are currently registered for Free School Meals
  2. Pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point during the last six years
  3. Pupils in the care of a Local Authority
  4. Pupils who are adopted but have been looked after for one day or more or were adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005 and left care under:
  • - a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005
  • - a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991

      5. Pupils whose parents are serving with the UK Armed Forces

How do we encourage parents to register their child's eligibility for free school meals (FSM)?

There are a number of practices schools can adopt to encourage parents to register their children. In particular, we let parents know:

  • that registering for FSM is confidential and their peers, and their child's peers, need not know they have applied;
  • what registering for FSM involves and
  • what it means for their child, including the fact that taking up the meal is recommended but optional;

Opportunities for communicating these messages to parents include:

  • sending letters to parents explaining FSM, its link to the Pupil Premium and how to apply
  • sending more than once to ensure all parents see it;
  • adding reminders to register for FSM in any regular newsletters or e-bulletins to parents;
  • texting all parents asking them to contact the school office if they receive benefits, as they may be able to help secure extra funding for the school;
  • ensuring reception teachers or parent liaison staff are talking to new parents about signing up for FSM when they carry out home visits or when parents visit the school.

Intervention strategy

At The Redhill Trust, we use funding in a range of ways to support all pupils including those who qualify for pupil premium. Each year we put together a comprehensive plan of interventions that we feel will best allow our all of pupils to meet their full potential. At the end of the academic year, we then analyse the impact of the interventions to ensure they provide good value for money and that progress has been made.

We believe that all students have the right to outstanding teaching and targeted intervention where required. We take the approach shown below:

1. Monitor the progress of all students

2. Provide effective intervention for all students as required

3. Check to ensure all Pupil Premium students are supported to make expected progress as a specific group as part of our wider intervention

Further Information we provide on PP spending

We shall provide an annual statement showing how the pupil premium funding is spent and how pupil premium students are performing.

Examples of Intervention strategy

Different intervention strategies are used as appropriate for each student. The summary list below provides an outline of some key intervention strategies:

  • 1:1 and small group tuition focusing on English and Maths
  • Holiday revision programs; Easter and summer half term
  • Student engagement programs during summer holidays
  • Reducing class sizes through recruitment of additional teaching staff 
  • Rewards and incentive schemes for attendance at events and participation in schemes and progress which lead to an increase attainment and progress
  • Providing subsidised and free equipment and resources for students; revision guides, materials and learning resources to improve attainment
  • Purchase of ICT tools to increase reading and specific aspects of subject learning resources and content
  • Reading programmes
  • Analytical tools to monitor and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of intervention
  • Mentoring programs and schemes to support enhances progress - school staff and other mentors from University and other sectors to work with students
  • Targeted aspiration and ambition schemes
  • Expanding the extracurricular offer and incentives for attending and achieving
  • Rewards systems in school
  • A programme of extra-curricular activities
  • Attendance and punctuality monitoring
  • Holiday revision
  • Student Support Centre and Pupil Achievement Centre
  • Subsidies for activities such as Music lessons and D of E provision
  • Funding external provision placements
  • Subsidising school visits and uniform purchases

(This link will take you to the research evidence for what works. http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/toolkit/ )

Pupil Premium Funding 2017/2018

Pupil Premium Funding 2018/2019


Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium

This additional funding is used to provide us with opportunities to further support students who arrive in Year 7 who have not made expected progress in Reading and/or Maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

In 2017-2018, we received £14,481 of additional income to support the progress of students who fit the criteria. 64 students entered the academy being below school-ready in English and/or Maths. You can find out more about the government criteria and funding here

Year 7 Catch up Funding 2017/2018

In 2018-2019 we received £14,317 of additional income to support 74 students who entered the Academy being below school-ready in English and/or Maths.

Year 7 Catch up Funding 2018/2019