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Additional Funding


Pupil premium funding is given to all publicly-funded schools and academies to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. 

The PPG per-pupil rate for 2023 to 2024 is as follows:

  • Primary aged pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years (including eligible children of families with no recourse to public funds)- £1455
  • Secondary aged pupils recorded as Ever 6 FSM as well as eligible NRPF pupils in these year groups- £1035
  • Children Looked After (CLA) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority- £2530
  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)- £2530



Service pupil premium is additional funding for schools, but it is not based on disadvantage. Pupils in state-funded schools in England attract service pupil premium funding, at the rate of £335 per eligible pupil, if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces (including pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full-time reserve service, and also pupils whose parent is serving in the armed forces of another nation and is formally stationed in England) – and they are recorded in the October school census as being a ‘service child’
  • they have previously been registered as a ‘service child’ in any school census in the last 6 years
  • one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces, and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme

This funding is primarily to help with pastoral support. It can also be used to help improve the academic progress of eligible pupils if the school deems this to be a priority.


Recovery Premium Grant (RP)

In addition to PPG funding school’s also receive Recovery Premium Grant. This is part of the government’s package of funding to support disadvantaged pupils with their education recovery following the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


use of ppg and RP funding

To ensure that pupil premium and recovery premium is focused on effective approaches to raising the educational attainment of disadvantaged pupils, schools must use this funding in line with the ‘menu of approaches’ set by the Department for Education. 

The menu has been developed to help school allocate spending across the following 3 areas:

  • supporting the high-quality teaching, such as staff professional development
  • providing targeted academic support, such as tutoring, including School- Led- Tutoring
  • tackling non-academic barriers to academic success, such as difficulties in attendance, behaviour and social and emotional wellbeing.

Pupil premium is not a personal budget for individual pupils, and schools do not have to spend pupil premium so that it solely benefits eligible pupils.

Please see our PPG Strategy 23-24 below, for further information about how we plan to spend PPG and RP to support pupils at The Russett School.




The Primary PE and Sport Premium was introduced in March 2013 to improve the provision of Physical Education (PE) and school sport in primary schools and academies across England. The £150 million per year funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health, and Culture, Media and Sport (DfE, DH, DCMS).

The funding is allocated directly to primary schools and is ring-fenced. This means it may only be spent on improving the provision of PE and sport in schools.

Schools and academies are held to account by Ofsted on how the funding is to be used. They need to use the funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision and measure the impact from the funding on for example, attainment and take up of physical activities.

At The Russett School the focus for the use of the Primary PE & Sport Premium is on giving pupils first-hand experience of how to be as healthy and active as possible. We do this by providing opportunities for pupils to gain the knowledge, skills and motivation for healthy, active lifestyles with a wider interest in physical activity and sport.

Please refer to our report below on the allocation and impact of spending.


What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?

The Academy receives money from the Education & Skills Funding Agency to help students with the cost of studying. The fund is available to students who have lived in the UK or the EU for the past 3 years at least. There are two types of bursary available to young people, a Vulnerable Bursary and Discretionary Bursary.

More information about the 16-19 Bursary Fund can be found on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund

Vulnerable Bursary

If you fall into one of the following categories, then you fall into the higher priority group and will receive a Vulnerable Bursary of up to £1,200 per year to help with the cost of studying:

  • You are in or recently left local authority care
  • You get Income Support or Universal Credit in your own name
  • You get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in your own name AND either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
  • You get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name AND either Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit

Discretionary Bursary

If you live at home with your parent(s) or carer(s) who receive benefits and have a total yearly income of under £28,400 you fall into the lower priority group and MAY be eligible for financial support.

How can I apply for the Bursary Fund?

An application form and guidance leaflet are available to download from The Russett School website or can be requested from the academy office on 01606 853005 or email admin@russett.cheshire.sch.uk.

Downloadable 16-19 Bursary Fund application form and guidance leaflet: (below)

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