The Pupil Premium is government money designed to help disadvantaged children and young people do well in school. Every school has a duty to ensure that every individual child is given the best possible chance of achieving their potential and these payments are to help do that. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their peers.
How is The Pupil Premium allocated to Ruskin Community High School?
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of students from Y7 to Y11 who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) (or have been eligible in the last six years), children who have been continuously looked after for one day or more and children who have parents in the British Armed Forces.
How is the money spent?
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility.
Which students are prioritised?
· FSM students and other vulnerable students who are underachieving at KS4
· FSM students and other vulnerable students who are in danger of underachieving at KS4
· FSM students and other vulnerable students who are underachieving at KS3
· Other underachieving students
· Looked after children
How Ruskin uses the Pupil Premium to meet the outcomes within the school Pupil Premium Plan:
· Secure quality first teaching
· Improve standards of literacy and numeracy
· Accelerate progress and attainment
· Increase attendance
· Improve behaviour
· Improve parental and family engagement
· Raise aspirations and improve life chances
· Financial assistance for participation in educational visits
How will parents know it is working?
Ruskin tracks all students’ progress each term, so it can quickly see if plans are working. If a student takes part in an intervention programme, the aim is to measure how they are doing at the start of the programme, and again at the end, so the difference can be easily seen.
How can I find out if my child could have free school meals?
Please contact Ruskin Community High School Reception who will be happy to help or click on the link for the application portal.