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Additional Funding

Each year The Russett School receives additional funding through a range of government backed initiatives. The following information outlines where the funding comes from and how we use it to ensure the best possible outcomes for our pupils.

Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)

Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is a sum of money for publicly funded schools and academies in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

In 2019-20, schools received funding in respect the following groups of pupils:

  • Disadvantaged Children: for each child who has been recorded as being eligible for free school meals (FSMs) in a school census at any point in the last six years (referred to as Ever 6 FSM). This amounts to £1,320 for primary pupils (reception to year 6); or ─ £935 for secondary pupils (year 7 to year 11).
  • Looked after Children (LAC): £2,300 is received for each looked after child, who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority. Children who are in care are one of the lowest performing groups in terms of educational outcomes. Identifying the relationships between care experiences and educational progress enables schools and academies to better support their education and improve individual outcomes. LAC are one of the groups of pupils that attract Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) funding. This is additional funding provided to help improve the attainment of LAC and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
  • Previously Looked after Children: £2,300 for each child who has ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England or Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order, or a residence order. This is often referred to a PP+.

Primary PE & Sports Premium

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. In February 2014 the government committed to continue the funding until at least 2020 and it has just been announced that this will continue for academic year 2020/2021.

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.

16-19 Bursary Fund

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:

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

Letters have been forwarded to all age eligible students. Completed applications and evidence of status should be returned to the academy by 11th December 2020.

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

16-19 Bursary Fund

If your family is in receipt of benefits or on a low income you may be eligible for financial assistance from the 16-19 Bursary Fund. This fund is provided by the government but is administered by schools and colleges who also set their own assessment and allocation criteria.