Pupil Premium

Riverside Community Primary School – Pupil Premium Funding – Information for Parents

Academic Year 2015/16 and proposed spending for 2016/217


Pupil Premium is additional money that every school receives for children who are in low income families (i.e that are eligible for Free School Meals).  This funding helps us to ensure that no child is disadvantaged, to raise the attainment of Free School Meal (FSM) students and close the gap in attainment between FSM and non-FSM Students, as well as supporting the social and emotional well-being of our children.  Pupil Premium has also been extended to include children who had been eligible for FSMs at any point in the last 6 years.  In September 2015 there were 511 pupils on roll, 235 of which were in receipt of FSMs at the school and 299 who were registered as having been on FSM within the last 6 Years.  Our FSM children make up 46% of the school population and our FSM ‘ever 6’ children make up 58.5% of the population. The barriers and challenges disadvantaged pupils face at Riverside Community Primary are complex and varied – there is no single difficulty faced by all.

Due to the number of pupils in receipt of FSMs, we have been allocated the following amount of pupil premium funding in recent years:-

  • April 2014 £374,163
  • April 2015 £389,400
  • April 2016 £394,680
  • April 2017 £398,640*Projected based on Oct ’16 census


Pupil Premium Funding at Riverside is used to raise attainment, promote social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour in order to increase pupil progress.

At Riverside we are directing the funding to support the following planned interventions:

  • Family Support Adviser & CAF Coordinator
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Smaller Learning Groups
  • Booster Classes
  • Thrive
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Breakfast & After School Clubs
  • Literacy Programmes
  • Renaissance Reading Programme
  • Holiday/Summer Clubs
  • Social/Cultural Visits

In addition, funding has been used to pay for the Excellence Cluster to provide the school with Learning Mentors, Counsellors, Art Therapist, Behaviour Support Services and an Educational Psychologist.  Some of the funding is also allocated to specialist outside training for teachers and TA’s focusing on Assessment for Learning and independent learning skills; this contributes to improve current practice and enhance pupil progress across the school.  The school has also invested in the Read Write Inc and Renaissance Reading programmes, this focused intervention and accelerated learning in Literacy has contributed to all students making enhanced progress towards their target grades and greatly improved reading skills.

The appointment of additional members of staff has allowed intervention work with small groups of FSM pupils; assessments and tracking of School data indicates that these pupils have made increased progress.  Pupil Premium has also been utilised to improve:-

Parental Engagement

The introduction of parent workshops and support meetings/materials in all subjects has contributed to an increase of parents attending parents’ evenings.  Celebration of Success events to raise pupil aspirations has also greatly increased parental attendance and interaction with our school.


Monitoring strategies and the introduction of rewards to improve attendance has shown that attendance across all year groups have increased.                                      Page 1/6

The school Leadership Team and Governors of Riverside School evaluate Pupil Premium spending and its impact upon attainment and progress of pupils who have accessed any provision provided by this additional funding. 


Actions focused on Learning in the Curriculum with a planned impact on attainment
Additional Teachers Reducing class sizes in Years 5 & 6 to enable intensive group work and additional support to adapt to the challenge of the new rigorous age-related expectations in the new curriculum and to keep the in-school gap between Pupil Premium pupils’ attainment and Other pupils’ attainment as low as possible. The table below shows the % of Y6 pupils (2015-16) who achieved the new Expected National Standard:


Pupil Premium




All pupils

Reading 71% 72% 66%
Writing 68% 67% 74%
Mathematics 90% 78% 70%
The absence of a significant attainment gap for our Pupil Premium pupils, demonstrates the effectiveness of these interventions for this group of pupils. Our in-school data versus National data clearly demonstrates how well our Pupil Premium pupils achieve compared to national standards. £58,940 £56,411
HLTAs & 1:1 TAs To support Teaching & Learning throughout the school, behaviour, attendance and social development, targeted intentions have been planned and delivered with the intention of ensuring our Pupil Premium children make more progress than non-Pupil Premium children, therefore narrowing the gap between our disadvantaged pupils compared to Other pupils. The impact of this Spend, resulted in accelerated progress for 80% of pupils involved in targeted interventions. £198,123 £195,315



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Year 6 Boosters To maintain our trend of matching/exceeding National KS2 data for tested subjects, despite the increasing demands of the new SATs.

The table below shows % of pupils attaining 100+ in National tests:





Pupil Premium




All pupils

Reading 71% 72% 66%
Mathematics 90% 78% 70%
GPaS 83% 72% 72%
The table demonstrates that our Pupil Premium group exceeded National Averages in all three tested subjects. In 2/3 of the subjects, this groups out-performed our other pupils, illustrating how effectively we target provision to diminish the difference.  



Read Write Inc. Improving levels of reading attainment for all pupils in Early Years and Key Stage One.


Y1 Phonic screening: 87% of our Pupil Premium children and 88% of non-Pupil Premium passed the phonic screening test. The National pass rate was 77%.

Twice the number of Y2 pupils in 2015-16 were entitled to Pupil Premium funding compared to Other pupils. Our Pupil Premium Children made significantly more progress through the RWINc programme compared to non-Pupil Premium children resulting in 72% of these pupils reaching the new KS1 Expected Standard for Reading. This demonstrates the effectiveness and impact of our targeted spending.

£12,844 £13,000
Renaissance Reading Improving levels of reading attainment for all pupils in Key Stage Two.


From Y2-Y6, over the 10 month period from September 2015 to July 2016, the average reading age increase was 1 year and 2 months. Therefore, children made an extra 4 months reading progress over their chronological age increase. £2,911 £6,000




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Actions focused on social, emotional and behavioural issues and reducing barriers to learning
MAST Multi-Agency support for vulnerable pupils and their families. (Including Learning Mentor, Counsellor and Art Therapist) Various arms of the MAST Team engaged with 94 families during 2015/16. This positively impacted well over 100 pupils, who are entitled to receive Pupil Premium funding. £29,666 £27,000
Thrive Thrive helps adults prepare children for life’s emotional ups and downs.  As a result, children become more self-assured and ready to engage with life and learning.


All teachers and TAs were received official Thirve training and engaged with all Pupil Premium children through in-class support.  All these pupils made significant progress with emotional development.  Trained Thrive practitioners engaged with 45 individuals with 84% having made progress in their social and emotional learning. £3,015 £2,300
Speech & Language Therapist Speech and Language barriers are a significant factor in why many of our disadvantaged pupils enter Nursery and Foundation below age-related expectations. Our Speech and Language therapist enhances pupils’ communication skills through support on a 1:1 basis, group intervention and writing S&L programmes to be delivered by S&L TAs. A further key role is with supporting parents to develop their child’s communication within their home environment. Supported 102 children in developing their speech and language and allowing them access the curriculum at a more age-appropriate level. £24,098 £25,000
‘Cool Club’ Cool Club is a daily lunchtime club that provides a safe environment for vulnerable children to spend their lunch time, ensuring a meal is eaten, they have engaged in appropriate social interactions and they are prepared for the afternoon’s lessons. Used by an average of 12 pupils per day, ensuring they are ready and able to access the curriculum after lunch. £2,375 £2,400



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Actions focussed on enrichment beyond the curriculum (providing a safe place between home and school)
Breakfast Club Our Breakfast provides high-quality, heavily subsidised early morning child care for pupils from low income families, giving pupils the opportunity of breakfast before the start of school and increasing readiness for learning. This service is used by an average of 200 pupils per week. £8,515 £9,000
Rangers After School Club Through our Rangers After School Club, we deliver secure, affordable child care after school for our low income families, providing help with reading & homework.  A snack meal is served. It is used by an average of 80 pupils per week. £4,930 £12,456
Curriculum After School Clubs Each term, staff extend learning outside the school day by way of an average of 25 clubs per week. 74% of our pupils’ utilised an after-school club £8,243 £8,400
Summer Holiday Club An educational Summer Holiday Club runs for 2 weeks during the extended summer holiday to a) reduce the impact of the “summer dip” and b) provide a fun, learning environment for pupils identified as having less chance of having an enriching experience away from school. 45 pupils attended 2 weeks of Summer Holiday Club £2,535 £2,500
Educational visits incl. residential visits We firmly believe that our Disadvantaged pupils need to be given a wide-range of opportunities that unless provided by school, these children would not experience. We place particular emphasis on activities that provide life and curriculum enrichment, team building skills and improve self-esteem. All pupils given the opportunity to experience off site visits, with KS2 pupils experiencing an overnight residentials in Y4 and Y6 and 2 days of outdoor adventurous water-sports.  Costs were heavily subsidised, with further reductions for FSM pupils. £15,217 £16,000




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M & M Productions An in-school pantomime/theatrical performance is a cost-effective way of ensuring that Disadvantaged pupils experience an inspiring and horizon-widening professional performance. We value Performance and Drama, Speaking and Listening skills and see this as a key enrichment opportunity that raises pupil’s self-esteem. These productions helps to raise self-confidence and interaction skills in all pupils. £1,428 £1,500
Aspiration Photographs Our Disadvantaged pupils come from households with limited or no work opportunities. We believe that that our Aspiration photos and the in-class discussions that surround them, is a key way to expose children to the wide-range of career opportunities available and crucially raise a sense of aspiration with pupils, which will in turn raise self-esteem. Photo of a child from every class taken and displayed around the school to inspire pupils. £336 £300
Actions focused on families & communities (Helping parents provide better support to their children)
Family  Support Adviser & CAF Coordinator Supporting vulnerable, hard to reach families.


Supported 71 families, improving home/school contact and improved access to support agencies for families. £34,169 £36,950
  Total: £391,600

(09.15 to 03.16) @ £227,150  (04.16 to 08.16) @ £164,450


(09.16 to 03.17) @ £230,230  (04.17 to 08.17) @ £166,100


Additional £23,202 will be utilised from SBS






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