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:
• a special guardianship order
• a child arrangements order
• a 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.
For the academic year 2016-2017 Beaver Road receives £96, 880
Pupil Premium @ Beaver Road
Supporting pupils with potential barriers to learning.
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 as a school to offer Pupil Premium children further access to learning and opportunities to achieve and overcome these barriers, and this is done through academic and pastoral support that is personalised to every pupil.
How do we intend to spend the funding and the reasons behind this?
At Beaver Road we use this funding to provide academic interventions led by teachers and teaching assistants within school hours. Also 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.
How do we measure the impact of Pupil Premium?
Formal Pupil progress meetings happen termly to ensure the best use of funding and the support provided to these pupils. However, 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 also be found on the side menu.
More information on Learning Mentors and Pupil Premium Promise
As of September 2015, at Beaver Road we have appointed 4 HLTA's (Higher Level Teaching Assistants) to work with and alongside some of our Pupil Premium children. Working as Learning Mentors they will spend quality time with the pupils developing, amongst others:
· improving confidence, self esteem and resilience
· improving concentration
· managing the children's emotions
· dealing 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
· Believe that change is possible
· 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
The best Learning Mentor relationships will:
· Continually explore solutions
· Develop personal growth
· Give encouragement and support in applying new skills and attitudes to the classroom and beyond
"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.
As a school we are offering 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
- All school trips are funded by the Premium, and are therefore free to Pupil Premium Children
- All visits by outside companies than inccur a cost to parents (e.g. circus skills session) are free to Pupil Premium Children
- A free place in Summer Term cookery classes for Years 4, 5 & 6
- To try out a musical instrument - Learning of one musical instrument per pupil for a term - within an academic year
- To fund 50% of the total price for Residential Trips in Years 3, 4 & 5
- To fund 100% of the total price for the Year 6 Residential Trip to Ghyll Head.
When is the next strategy review for Pupil Premium?
This is scheduled for Summer Term 2 2017