What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:

  • registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years;
  • been in care.

Secondary schools receive £935 per eligible pupil, more details can be found at here.

The service premium is designed to support children with parents serving in the regular British armed forces, schools will receive £300 for each eligible pupil. More details can be found at here.

Using the Pupil Premium at Wadebridge School

We constantly monitor the impact of individual strategies by looking at pupil progress, listening to pupil voice and analysing results (both internal and external). However, it must be noted that the strategies listed below were designed to operate in a complimentary way and it is difficult to evaluate any one strategy in isolation but where strategies seem to be having little impact they are quickly altered or dropped completely; where strategies appear to be having a positive impact we seek to build on this success. 

We carry out annual reviews focussed on the provision for disadvantaged pupils an these can be accessed below:

  • Our latest review was carried out in June 2018 in collaboration with colleagues from other Cornish Schools and the findings presented to the full Governing Body in October 2018. The 2018 report can be accessed here.
  • A summary of the 2016 review can be accessed here.
  • The 2015 review can be accessed here.
  • The 2014 review can be accessed here. 
Plans for spending Pupil Premium in 2018-19
Indications are that we will receive £935 per eligible pupil to support just over 200 disadvantaged students in 2018-19 amounting to around £192 000. We constantly monitor the effectiveness of our spending of the pupil premium grant and our plans are therefore constantly under review. Given the successful results achieved by the pupils eligible for the pupil premium in the 2016 GCSE results, many of the strategies from this year will be continued whilst new initiatives are implemented and evaluated on an annual basis. Our initial 2018-19 strategy and review of 2017-18 can be accessed here, it should be noted that these plans are constantly under review and are likely to change over time.
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