Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.

The main aims of pupil premium are to:

  • Increase social mobility
  • Enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to access the best education
  • Reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils

The level of the premium in 2017-2018 is £1,320 per pupil for pupils eligible for FSM and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months. 

The total amount of funding received by Roach Vale is:

  • £100,121 in 2015-2016
  • £101,640 in 2016-2017
  • £106,920 in 2017-2018

At Roach Vale in 2017-2018 the premium is being used to support the following services:

  • Additional teaching time targeted at specific children
  • Additional learning support for groups in afternoons incorporating maths and English tuition
  • Targeted SEN support and 1:1 in addition to those grant funded
  • Additional learning support for children with challenging behaviour
  • Non-teaching Assistant Head time allowing better targeted assessment of the qualifying children
  • Purchase of software to assist with speech and language
  • Provision of counselling and support from outside agencies
  • Provision of play therapy
  • Forest school activities
  • Support for day trips, residential trips, base camp costs, resources, music
  • Purchase of interactive science curriculum "Inspire" 

Impact of Pupil Premium 2016-2017

Impact can be seen in the progress made by children in receipt of PPG. Although these children often start from a lower baseline, the progress they make in the core subjects of reading, writing and maths is equal to or, in most cases greater than, the progress made by children not in receipt of PPG. This is true across all year groups.


The number of PPG children receiving counselling and support from outside agencies has increased considerably in the past year, but this work has resulted in the children being able to engage with their learning and so progress appropriately.

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  • Roach Vale, Colchester,
    Essex CO4 3YN
  • Tel: 01206 861324
  • Fax: 01206 869751
  • admin@roachvale.essex.sch.uk


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