The Rise School has the highest expectations of, and aspirations for, all its pupils. Each pupil should have equal opportunities to achieve the best possible life chances, irrespective of socio economic background and to ensure that not a single pupil gets left behind.
We make every effort to ensure that disadvantaged pupils receive outstanding support and believe our core business is to ensure our pupils make outstanding progress as a result of outstanding teaching and learning.
The aim of PPF is to support schools in raising the attainment levels of the most disadvantaged pupils and to ‘close’ or ‘narrow’ the gap’ that exists. To this end, the Department for Education (DfE) provides additional Pupil Premium Funding (PPF) to all schools based on the pupils:
- who are currently eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)
- who have been eligible for FSM at any time in their last 6 years (known as Ever 6)
- who are Looked After Children (LACs/CLAs)
- who are children of Armed Forces Personnel
As a school, we recognise that it is not the funding itself that will improve achievement and attainment, but how it is used. The Department for Education (DfE) expects us to use PPF appropriately and to be accountable for the decisions we make. The school governors/trustees – who are judged by Ofsted as part of its assessment of the Leadership and Management of the school – must ensure that rigorous monitoring of PPF is in place and that it is managed efficiently and that staff and resources are deployed effectively in order to benefit all groups of pupils.
Our Pupil Premium Policy states that PPF must be used to support those pupils for whom the grant is eligible. However, it is difficult to spend PPF on the improvement of teaching and learning without benefits impacting on other pupils. Additionally, it is morally difficult to exclude a child who is not on FSM from accessing any initiatives if they could clearly benefit from them. However, we are also clear in the way that interventions are targeted to ensure FSM pupils benefit from PPF. Research published by the DfE suggests that nationally, 14% of families entitled to FSM are not claiming them and this figure rises to 25% in the South East. Recent correspondence to schools from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (HMI) advises that as long as schools can show they have narrowed the gap between eligible pupils and others and that PPF has contributed to this, then the PPF may also have an impact on non-eligible pupils.
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