Pupil Premium and Catch Up Strategy
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and is paid by means of a specific grant for children who:
- are registered as eligible for Free School Meals within the last 6 years
- have been looked after for 1 day or more
- are adopted
- leave care under a Special Guardianship Order, a Residence Order or Child Arrangements Order
- where the parent self-declares their child’s status to the school, providing supporting evidence (e.g. an adoption order); and
- where the school records on the January School Census that it has a child on roll who meets the above criteria.
There are also two other 'premiums':
Children who have been recorded as having a parent in the armed forces within the last six years are granted the Service Premium.
This is a grant which was introduced in September 2012, and is for year 7 students who did not achieve age related expectations in English and Mathematics at Key Stage 2. This money is dedicated to funding intervention so that these students catch-up in English and Mathematics as soon as possible.
The school’s strategies for using these sets of grants can be read in the strategies and impact reports below. For both pupil premium and catch-up premium, the Department for Education acknowledges that it is for schools to determine how the grants are used, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. We review each of these strategies during the academic year.
The Bulmershe School’s actual Pupil Premium Grant allocation for 2018-19 was £233,750 and in 2019-20 it will be £221,595. The spending of this has been on a variety of interventions personalised to the need of our pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant and these can be seen on the strategy documents attached (2019-20 soon to be uploaded). As can be seen these range from help with uniform, trips and other educational essentials to more complex interventions designed to enable all our students reach their potential. Funds have also been allocated to the cost of the school’s support staff who work every day with students and their families. The school is very clear that meeting the emotional needs of students is an important pre-cursor that enables those students to progress in their learning.
Each year we review the impact of how the Pupil Premium Grant was spent and identify priorities for the coming year. In the year 2018-19 data suggests that outcomes for our more vulnerable pupils who attended the school are good. We have closed the gap in expected progress in the majority of subjects and this includes English and Maths, where good grades can be life changing. This progress is favourable in comparison with schools locally and in line with those nationally. Our focus on attendance will continue as will our delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum.