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Rathmell Primary School Pupil Premium Policy Statement


The Pupil Premium is allocated to children who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), Service Children and children who have been ‘Looked After’ continuously for more than six months. This will also include pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure). At Rathmell  Primary School  we realise that not all children who are eligible for Free School Meals are socially disadvantaged, and also that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged will be registered or qualify for Free School Meals, be looked after or from service families. Therefore, we allocate Pupil Premium funding on a needs basis where we identify priority classes, groups or individuals.

From September 2012, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Pupil Premium allocated to schools. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils at their school.


At Rathmell School:-

  • We aim to offer an inclusive curriculum, to ensure the best possible progress for all our pupils whatever their needs or abilities.
  • We ensure that provision is made for all pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this ensures that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged receive free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or vulnerable groups of pupils the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged



The range of provision Rathmell School may consider includes:

  • Teaching Assistants working with focussed groups to overcome gaps in learning
  • Teaching Assistants and other adults  support pupils on a 1:1 basis to overcome gaps in learning
  • Acquiring specialised resources  in order to accelerate and improve standards in reading writing  and mathematics for focussed groups of learners
  • All work through the pupil premium is aimed at accelerating pupil progress aiming to ensure pupils reach at least age related expectations and make progress
  • Encouragement, support and activities which help to raise pupils’ self esteem which will have a positive impact on their behaviour and learning.
  • The support of staff from the Enhanced Mainstream Schools and other agencies to train advise and support staff in the use of resources and strategies to support all learners


Our allocation for Pupil Premium 2016-17( £1,900 - a financial breakdown is available on request).

The expenditure will focus on:

  • continued 1:1 support of targeted children in order to increase their progress in all aspects of the curriculum and to boost their confidence and self-esteem
  • to purchase additional resources to support reading, English, spelling and grammar and maths to support attainment
  • to fund attendance of disadvantaged children at Rathmell Early Risers and Rathmell Wrappers; and other school clubs, to increase confidence and opportunities to mix with other children through extra-curricular experiences.


Our allocation for Pupil Premium 2015-16 (£3,220 - a financial breakdown is available on request)

The expenditure will focus on :

  • Purchase of resources to support home learning
  • Purchase of numeracy resources to support of targeted children, including additional numicon resources
  • Training and resources for ‘Number Talks’; resources for dyscalculia; additional reading books; memory skills resources; Accelerwrite and Accelerread software; increase in the number of computers and users who can access ‘Spelling made Easy’
  • TA hours specifically allocated to the supporting of disadvantaged children to progress their learning ; their social and emotional development
  • To support disadvantaged children during the period prior to transition to secondary schools to ensure smooth transition and allay their anxieties




The impact on PPG for 2015-16 will be monitored and assessed throughout the year by the Head teacher, staff and governors.