What is Pupil Premium funding and why is it important?
In the spirit of ‘By Increments Conquer’ we are relentlessly committed to equality of excellent opportunity and life chances for all, regardless of starting point, right across our school, evidenced in our excellent outcomes.
The Pupil Premium Grant (and the Catch Up money for pupils entering our school with a National Curriculum Level of below 4) is additional funding to support schools in bringing this commitment to life. It is given so that we can support our disadvantaged or vulnerable pupils in order to close the attainment and progress gap between them and their peers. The DfE has given schools the freedom to deploy the Pupil Premium according to our knowledge of our pupils’ needs:
‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.’ We are, rightly, accountable for the use and impact of this additional funding. Our principles for the use of our Pupil Premium are predicated on our mission statement:
“To support every child to make exceptional progress.”
Central to this in our school is our curriculum, designed and rolled out through our options processes to ensure it meets the needs of all pupils and groups of pupils. Of equal importance is high quality learning and teaching and high expectations throughout the day to ensure the excellent progress and attainment of all pupils and groups of pupils; thus all our investment in our professional learning for colleagues, and our self review and quality assurance processes are governed by this. Alongside all this, we ensure appropriate provision is in place for all those who are vulnerable, and the Pupil Premium supports this.
Use of Pupil Premium Funding 2016/17
Funding for 2016/17 was £935 per FSM student and £1,900 per LAC and Post-LAC. The total received by the school was £133,101 and was spent on targeted additional support strategies and interventions resulting in every student, however financially disadvantaged, being able to:
- Improve their levels of attainment and progress
- Close attainment gaps relative to school averages
- Have full access to our curriculum
- Access our extra-curricular provision
Please see document below for full details and data relating to Broadwater School Pupil Premium.