The Pupil Premium Grant
The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in April 2011 for pupils in England from low – income families.
The grant is for pupils who:
- Have been eligible for free school meals [FSM] at any point in the last 6 years
- Has been in care for more than 6 months
- Parents are in the armed forces
From April 2014, schools in England can receive the pupil premium for children adopted from care or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) on or after 30 December 2005.
The purpose of this grant is to address the underlying inequalities between the Free School Meal pupils and their peers.
The school is free to spend the money to support pupils in all aspects of school life and to ensure that they reach their full potential and are well equipped to make the next steps in life after they leave.
How we use the Grant
In order to support pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium effectively, we have identified any other factors that may affect them achieving their full potential. We have taken account any additional learning needs they may have for example a Statement of Educational Need or are at School Action or School Action Plus]. We have identified pupils who do not have English as a first language and any pupil who has attendance which in less than 90%
The pupils have then been grouped to ensure that the funding is allocated to them according to their needs as outlined below
Additional Maths and English Staff
Additional high quality staff have been employed in Maths and English to ensure that pupils make the necessary progress.
Intervention including One-to-One Tuition and Small Group Intervention
Specialist maths and English graduates have been appointed to the Maths, English departments which allows for small group work, which includes small group work and One to One Tuition. These sessions are tailored to meet students individual needs to accelerate their progress.
Saturday Academy and Revision Sessions
The school provides regular opportunities for targeted students to attend revision and catch-up sessions both after school and during school holidays. In February the school will be open every Saturday for staff and pupils to come in and work together on particular topics in all subjects
Pastoral Support Assistants
The team works with students, their families and other services. They promote emotional well-being, positive behaviour and good school attendance. They will intervene as and when necessary to support students and their families. These interventions may include and home visits. In addition the staff do work with pupils who require additional support with their work. The staff act as a link between home and school to support the educational attainment of vulnerable student groups
To help students achieve their full potential we have a team of mentors who offer additional support to those students who need greater intervention.
Wider Curriculum Experience
The Grant is used to enhance the curriculum, for example to fund school trips, to ensure the students are able to participate and to give students the opportunity to experience new and challenging activities.
iPads and Additional Resources
Class sets of iPads have been purchased to allow pupils to conduct research topics and to work independently. Additional resources have purchased to support student’s learning for example revision books, pen drives.
Personalised Curriculum Packages
A small number of pupils require a curriculum which is tailored for their particular needs. These activities include accessing off site provision e.g. Cornerstones Construction, Warrington Wolves and other providers. These pupils also receive one to one tuition to meet their needs
Pupils who come to secondary school with low reading ages receive additional small group and individual literacy intervention to help them catch up in order for them to access the curriculum and make progress.
Out high quality library has been stocked with new books to encourage pupils to read widely. Projects including visiting authors and reading challenges have all encouraged pupils to develop a love of reading and literature
Pupils who come to the school who are vulnerable or lack confidence work for part of each week in our Nurture Group. The focus of the work in the groups is to encourage confidence and to develop social skills. Groups run in Years 7 and 8.
All staff now have been trained to use our tracking system which allows them to focus on all pupils and how they are making progress but particularly those pupils who are eligible for the Pupil Premium.
Pupil Premium Co-ordinator
The appointment of a Pupil Premium Co-ordinator has enabled the school to carefully track the progress of PP pupils and put in place bespoke packages of support to ensure that all PP pupils make progress
To find out more about Pupil Premium
More details can be found on the Department for Education Website: DfE Pupil Premium or by contacting the school on 01925 579500.
Help the school claim Pupil Premium funding
Beamont Collegiate Academy gets additional funds from the Government for every student who is eligible to receive free school meals. Please help us to get the funds we are entitled to, to support our students, by applying for Free School Meals if you think you are eligible.
Applying For Free School Meals
Students are eligible to receive free school meals if their parents are in receipt of Universal Credit* or any of the following benefits:
Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999