The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap between them and their peers.
It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:
- Registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
- In care for 6 months or longer
In the 2015, 2016, 2017 financial years, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
- £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local authority care because of 1 of the following:
- Special guardianship order
- Child arrangements order
- Residence order
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.
The Pupil Premium at Beaver Road
For the academic year 2016-2017 Beaver Road receives £96, 880
All pupils have barriers to learning such as motivation or "availability to learn", social and cultural barriers, emotional factors, personal issues etc. Most of these are overcome within a classroom setting through quality first teaching and conversations with parents for support at home.
It is our job to offer Pupil Premium children further access to learning and opportunities to achieve and overcome these barriers. This is done through academic and pastoral support that is personalised to every pupil.
At Beaver Road we use Pupil Premium funding to provide academic interventions led by teachers and teaching assistants within School hours.
We provide Learning Mentors to these pupils along with our Pupil Premium Promise, which ensures Pupil Premium pupils have the full access to what Beaver Road has to offer.
Details of the interventions and their expenditure can be found on the side menu.
The impact of Pupil Premium funding
Formal Pupil progress meetings happen termly to ensure the best use of funding and the support provided to these pupils.
These pupils are always carefully monitored by their class teacher and AHT during the terms, to maximise progress.
The most recent Report to Governors, which outlines attainment and progress for our Pupil Premium children, can be found on the side menu.
As of September 2015, at Beaver Road we have appointed 4 HLTA's (Higher Level Teaching Assistants) to work with and alongside specific Pupil Premium children.
Working as Learning Mentors these TAs will spend quality time with children:
- improving confidence, self esteem and resilience
- improving concentration
- helping them to manage their emotions
- helping and supporting them with friendship issues including peer pressure
Our Learning Mentors will:
- Have a holistic view of the child
- Listen to the child’s perspective, valuing the voice of the child
- Build effective support through good, trusting relationships
- Recognise the importance of self-esteem, a growth mindset and resilience to progress
- Recognise that parents and carers are the child’s most enduring educators
- Commit to working in partnership with other staff, parents and agencies
- Keep the safety and wellbeing of the child paramount
- Believe change is possible
The best Learning Mentor relationships will:
- Continually explore solutions
- Develop and sustain personal growth
- Give encouragement and support in applying new skills and attitudes to the classroom and beyond
The Pupil Premium Promise
As well as offering academic support to raise attainment, we offer numerous enrichment activities for Pupil Premium pupils.
We believe these allow Pupil Premium children the opportunities to participate fully in all the School has to offer.
We offer Pupil Premium children the following Pupil Premium Promise:
- The opportunity to participate in one Multisport after-school session per week with Mr. Knowles throughout the School year
- School trips that are funded by the Premium, and are therefore free to Pupil Premium Children
- Visits by outside companies that incur a cost to parents (e.g. circus skills session) that are free to Pupil Premium Children
- A free place in Summer Term cookery classes for Years 4, 5 & 6
- The opportunity to try out a musical instrument - learning one musical instrument per pupil for a term, within an academic year
- Funding of up to 50% of the total price for Residential Trips in Years 3, 4 & 5
- Funding of 100% of the total price for the Year 6 Residential Trip to Ghyll Head.
This next Pupil Premium strategy review is scheduled for Summer Term 2, 2017.