Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium allocation is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility.

Retford Oaks Academy allocates Pupil Premium funding in a wide variety of ways including free breakfasts and academic support, together with providing support for wellbeing and pastoral issues.

How does it work?

1. Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, contact Nottingham County Council through the link below.


2. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal (saving you more than £350 a year and think of the time you’d save If your child is eligible and switches from packed lunches to free school meals, you could save up to 190 hours a year, and the school gets £935 extra to support students.

3. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal 

The summary below outlines how the Premium was spent in previous years, together with plans for the upcoming academic year. For a detailed report, please download the document at the bottom of this page.

How the Pupil Premium was spent in 2016/17

  • In addition to the above initiatives the Academy has offered:
  • On Line TUTE Teaching provision for students
  • Increased mentoring support
  • KS4 Support intervention via external provider
  • Personalised Curriculum pathways
  • Year 11 Exam Remarks
  • Careers information, advice and guidance
  • Increase of 1 to 1 tuition time
  • Dedicated Student Counsellor for 2 ½ days a week
  • Continued development of the Year 11 progress manager role
  • Co-ordinated approaches to Gifted and Talented and Pupil Premium enrichment opportunities including University visits, Arboretum 'Poppy Day' visits, and PE after-school clubs
  • Homework clubs
  • Summer School based on Literacy and Numeracy during holidays

Initial Plans for 2017/2018 Pupil Premium spend

  • Tuition and targeted group work for English and Maths
  • On line TUTE Teaching provision
  • Key Stage 4 Support intervention
  • Personalised curriculum pathways at Key Stages 3 and 4
  • Key Stage 3 Parent/Carer Volunteer Reader Scheme
  • Dedicated Intervention mentor
  • Key Stage 3 behaviour mentoring programme
  • Counselling services
  • Support from a Year 11 Progress manager
  • Careers Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Removing financial barriers to participation
  • In either curriculum or extra curriculum areas
  • FSM Breakfast programme
  • Easter break teaching for Key Stage 4 students
  • Staff training
  • Summer School Literacy/Numeracy
  • Private music tuition
  • Student Attendance support
  • 1-to-1 Subject teacher tutoring sessions
Pupil Premium Spend
Pupil Premium Income 17-18 £199,155 
Pupil Premium Catch up Funding 17-18 £24,474.96 
LAC Funding 17-18 £22,500
TOTAL £246,129.96

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