Pupil Premium

Schools are required to provide information regarding the use of pupil premium funding. Here is some information about the pupil premium at Rivington.

The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to schools to:

·        Raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

·        Support children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.

It was first introduced in April 2011.  Since then the amount schools receive has increased. Schools receive funding based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever6).

Funding allocation

·        £1,320 for each eligible primary aged pupil.  £145 Recovery Pupil Premium Funding for each eligible primary aged child.

·        £1,900 for each Looked After Child.

·        £300 for each Service Child.

The Department for Education has clear expectations how the Pupil Premium Grant may be spent:

“for the purposes of the school, ie, for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school;

The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools in the financial it is given; some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years.”

The Pupil Premium Grant and Recovery premium Fund will be allocated using the same data. This means the following pupils will attract recovery premium funding to school:

1. Pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
2. Pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
3. Children looked after by local authorities and referred to as looked-after children (LAC)
4. Post looked-after children (post-LAC)

School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis.

Payment schedule:

The recovery premium will be paid in 4 payments to schools during the 2021 to 2022 academic year on the following schedule.

Maintained schools payment schedule:

Payments will be sent to local authorities on the last working day in:

September 2021

December 2021

April 2022

June 2022

School will spend this premium on evidence-based approaches to support pupils. In line with the Education Endowment Foundation’s pupil premium guide, activities should include those that:

1. Support the quality of teaching, such as staff professional development

2. Provide targeted academic support, such as tutoring

3. Deal with non-academic barriers to success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support

Like the pupil premium, school can:

1. Spend the recovery premium on a wider cohort of pupils than those who attract the funding

2. Direct recovery premium spending where they think the need is greatest

For further information, read the DfE guidance on using pupil premium.


Impact of Progress and Attainment

At the end of each academic year, we reflect on the impact of our Pupil Premium spending in terms of end of key stage data, internal data, attendance etc

Key principles for using the Pupil Premium Grant at Rivington

Rivington has a commitment to raise achievements for pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium and knows these pupils must make faster progress than non-eligible pupils and is determined to achieve this.

Rivington never confuses eligible pupils with low ability and strives to ‘bring out the best’ in this group of pupils and support them to achieve the highest levels.

Rivington creates an overall package of support aimed to tackle the range of barriers including; attendance, behaviour, external factors, professional development focusing on improving outcomes for eligible pupils, improving the quality of teaching and learning,  parental engagement, opportunities for first-hand experiences and development of literacy and numeracy skills.

Rivington uses assessment systems to track and enable thorough analysis of data (Reading, Writing and Maths) to identify pupils who are under achieving and why.

Rivington directs resources and interventions to accelerate progress of eligible pupils and close the attainment gap compared to their peers.

Rivington uses data to track the impact of targeted spending (interventions, projects or pedagogy) on attainment and progress of eligible pupils.

The Pupil Premium Leader, the SLT and governors have a clear overview of how funding is allocated and the difference it is making to the outcomes of pupils termly.

Rivington ensures class teachers, SLT and TAs know which pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium so they can take responsibility for accelerating progress and accountability is shared across the school.

The Governing Body Achievement Committee monitors the schools effectiveness in closing the gap between different groups of pupils.

Identification of Support

We will ensure that:

·        All teaching staff are involved in the analysis of data and discussion about interventions so that they are fully aware of strengths and weaknesses across the school

·        We use research to support us in determining the strategies that will be most effective

·        We support children’s emotional needs

·        We look at the individual needs of each child and identify their barriers to learning

·        We match the skills of the staff to the interventions they provide

·        We work with other agencies to bring in additional expertise

Monitoring and Evaluation

We will ensure that:

·        A wide range of data is used – achievement data, pupils’ work, observations, learning walks, case studies, and staff, parent and pupil voice

·        Assessment Data is collected half termly although the main monitoring of the impact of interventions is monitored termly

·        Teaching staff attend and contribute to pupil progress meetings each term

·        Interventions are adapted or changed if they are not working

·        There is a provision map of interventions and support for Pupil Premium children which is updated termly

·        A designated member of the SLT maintains an overview of pupil premium provision map

·        The Governors have appointed Andrea Glynn as the pupil premium governor.


The Governing Body will consider the information provided and will ensure that there is an annual statement to the parents on the school website outlining how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of closing the gap for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium.

When reporting about pupil premium funding we will include:

·        The nature of support

·        An overview of spending:

·        Total PPG (pupil premium grant) received

·        Total PPG spent

·        A summary of the impact of PPG annually

·        Performance of disadvantaged pupils

Barriers to Learning for Pupil Premium Children

Rivington School is set on the Lancashire/Greater Manchester boarder. There are growing social and economic challenges that our community face. Some of these challenges have an impact upon educational achievement, the pupil premium grant helps us to remove some of these barriers and raise attainment.

It must be remembered that Pupil Premium children have a range of very varied abilities and do not necessarily struggle with learning. Not all of our Pupil Premium children have specific barriers to learning and certainly not all of the barriers would apply to any one child.

Some of the barriers to learning that our Pupil Premium children face are:

·        Low levels of education amongst families

·        Low aspirations which can result in a poor attitude to school

·        Complex family circumstances

·        Emotional/social/behavioural difficulties which impact on pupils’ ability to focus on learning

·        Some pupils have narrow life experiences

·        Lack of or limited home support

·        An unsettled home life

·        Low self esteem

·        Lack of confidence

·        Poor attendance

Please find further information on the government website:

DFE Goverment website

Please find attached our Pupil Premium policy.

Rivington Foundation_Pupil_Premium_Statement__Primary_

Rivington Foundation Primary School Pupil Premiuim Policy 2021-22

2020-21 Catch-Up Funding

What is Catch-Up Funding?

Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit.
We know that we have the professional knowledge and expertise in the education system to ensure that children and young people recover and get back on track. Returning to normal educational routines as quickly as possible will be critical to our national recovery.
The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.


School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11.
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months, in line with the guidance on curriculum expectations for the next academic year. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.
At Rivington we have carefully considered the areas that would most benefit from this additional funding. The key areas of focus are:

Catch-up Funding Expenditure 1

Catch-up Funding Expenditure 2

Catch-up Funding Expenditure 3

Catch-up Funding Expenditure 4