The Pupil Premium grant is awarded to publicly funded schools in England in order to improve the attainment of disadvantaged students. Disadvantaged students include those currently receiving free school meals (FSM), those who have received free school meals in the last six years (Ever 6) and looked after children (LAC). The school also receives a Service Premium grant for any student with a parent currently serving in HM forces or is receiving a Ministry of Defence pension.
Schools use their discretion to spend their Pupil Premium grant because they are best-placed to assess their students’ barriers to learning within their local context. This information allows schools to decide the most effective strategies to employ to reduce the attainment gap between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students.
At Rye College, the funding is aimed at removing barriers to learning for disadvantaged students within the school and wider community. We are supporting vulnerable students to improve their attendance, mental health, engagement, low aspirations and low self-confidence. At the same time, we are developing our teaching and learning, targeting Pupil Premium students for additional support and providing course-specific materials to ensure that every student can achieve their best.
Our Pupil Premium strategy has been developed using the knowledge we have of our students and community alongside current evidence-based research. The strategy is led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team and its impact is reviewed regularly.
Rye College is committed to ensuring that every child achieves their full potential, irrespective of their background or life circumstances.