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Pupil Premium 2013-14

The PPG allocation for 2013/14 is £77,700 and has been targeted at:


  • Continuing to ensure that we maintain 8 classes, to support our one remaining small year groups in school, and to avoid the necessity of having mixed age classes, which we believe would be detrimental to the progress of our children.


  • Continuing to operate an effective Breakfast Club; once again this will benefit families in receipt of Free School Meals and those aiming to return to work or extend their working hours. In addition to this, we will target children for whom punctuality or attendance is an issue to support their families in ensuring they attend school each day and on time. The club is free to FSM children and ensures they have a healthy and nourishing start to the day. The Pupil Premium funding pays for the Teaching Assistant wages.


  • Providing intervention that is swift and effective. We have employed an experienced teacher to provide targeted intervention for those children who are at risk of not making at least expected progress. In addition to this, teaching assistants will support the intervention process through carefully designed reading programs; this will ensure that all children leave Ryhope Junior School as confident readers.


  • Supporting children who wish to learn a musical instrument, by subsidising the cost of lessons; this will ensure equality of opportunity across the school.


  • Benefitting children in subsidising regular quality enrichment activities, educational visits and visitors in school.

Link governors will monitor the effectiveness of the Pupil Premium funding on a termly basis and report their findings back to the full governing body.


The impact of the PPG for 2013/14 was:

Class sizes

As a result of maintaining smaller and single year group classes, almost all children in the relevant cohorts are on track to make at least two levels progress in reading and maths by the end of the key stage; most are on track to meet these targets in writing.


Breakfast Club

Most of the children who attended Breakfast Club on a regular basis achieved above average attendance. The large majority of these children had outstanding attendance over the course of the year. The Club is particularly effective at supporting children with specific needs: it builds friendships and self-esteem, so that the children feel confident and included throughout the day.



Following intervention programmes for Ever 6 children across the school there are no significant differences between the progress of this group of children and non Ever 6 children. A small gap still remains in Year 3 in writing and maths and was evident in Year 6 in writing. However, progress in Year 6 this year was good and the gaps narrowed over the course of the year.

Average points scores for Ever 6 at the end of the Key Stage were slightly above the rest of the cohort tin reading, slightly below in writing and equal in maths. These results are testament to the targeted intervention delivered to these groups by both teaching assistants and the additional teacher employed by the school.


Enrichment activities

Each year group engaged in a number of enrichment activities, bringing enjoyment and a breadth of experience to all our children. As a result children were motivated in class, contributing to the good performance of children across the school.

A whole school visit to Beamish Open Air Museum contributed greatly to the children’s history learning, improving both their knowledge and application of historical skills.

The residential visit to Derwent Hill was attended by all Free School Meal children who wished to go, providing them with opportunities they would not otherwise have enjoyed.


Music tuition

During the course of the year 20 children have taken part in violin lessons and 5 children learnt continued their cornet tuition. This is a record number of instrumentalists for the school and reflects the commitment to music with Ryhope Juniors.