Pupil Premium


At Berwick Middle School we view the needs of all students as important and strive to create the best opportunities and experiences for all students including developing strong, supportive relationships with parents.

Nationally, statistics show a gap between the attainment and progress of some groups of pupils including those in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers. The Pupil Premium is a sum of money that the school receives to help narrow this gap. This now includes students;

  • who have been in receipt of Free School Meals any time over the past six years
  • that were adopted from care in England (including those adopted before December 2005)
  • that left care under a Special Guardianship Order(under the Children Act 1989)
  • that left care under a Residential Order (under the Children Act 1989)
  • whose parents are in the armed services, or have been in the past four years.

Our core aim is to raise the attainment and progress of students in receipt of Pupil Premium so that their performance compares favourably with Non-Pupil Premium peers.

We are required to publish how much Pupil Premium money we receive and how we have chosen to spend that money. We are also required to publish the results for Pupil Premium students compared with their peers.


Pupil Premium Income 2016-17

The income for Pupil Premium for the academic year 2016/17 is £87,395

Berwick Middle has carefully targeted the additional funding received in a variety of ways and since the introduction of Pupil Premium Funding the impact of those actions has been regularly reviewed and refocused to maximise the effect of the funding. We focus on key teaching and learning strategies which are proven to accelerate the learning of Pupil Premium students.

The use of the funding for Pupil Premium at Berwick Middle School is summarised in the three sections below:

  • Professional Development Capacity Building

We believe that the greatest impact on pupil achievement is outstanding teaching, which has an emphasis on effective differentiation that allows all students to progress. With this in mind, Pupil Premium funding has been used to support :

  • Delivery of CPD around effective feedback, collaborative learning, targeting and strategies to develop outstanding practice in the classroom
  • Vigorously tracking and monitoring students who are at risk of not achieving their full potential and identifying the appropriate intervention and support
  • Partnership collaboration to provide effective transition programmes for pupils coming into or leaving Berwick Middle School.


  • Targeted Curriculum Support

As a result of increasingly focused tracking of Pupil Premium progress and attainment, a greater percentage of teaching assistant time is now spent supporting Pupil Premium children. All teaching assistants are aware of the Pupil Premium children in their classes and intervention groups. With the guidance of external support professionals, core subject leaders and class teachers, teaching assistants are now able to support Pupil Premium children effectively. This excellent resource is now having an impact on Pupil Premium children.

Interventions led and directed by teaching assistants include:

  • Read Write Inc
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Digismart
  • Acceleread/ Accelewrite
  • Sentence punctuation
  • Precision teaching
  • Sentence building
  • Speedup writing
  • Phonics
  • Paired & Group reading – peer and teacher assistant led
  • Speech & Language activities
  • Reading Comprehension skills
  • Mental Maths
  • Attendance initiatives

We have also used teacher led after school and lunchtime booster sessions as part of our support for Pupil Premium children who are at risk of underachieving. In some cases, individuals who are on the Pupil Premium register, have been provided with a personalised curriculum to suit their individual needs which has involved teaching and learning for part of the week in our Bridges unit.


  • Targeted Pastoral, Resources and Enrichment Support

 The school recognises that there are other aspects which influence the achievement of the Pupil Premium group which are harder to robustly measure yet we support them anyway. This includes those barriers to achievement and success due to the financial disadvantage of belonging to a low income family. The school has tried to minimise this disadvantage by providing targeted pastoral support and enrichment activities. Where necessary this support has been provided by external providers including multi agency support.

  • Offering financial support for uniform, music lessons, core subject materials and equipment, technology resources and trips and visits where a parental contribution is requested
  • Providing a daily ICT and homework club for pupils to access the internet
  • Providing strong sport, culture and outdoor education elements to the curriculum
  • Daily Breakfast Club
  • Business Enterprise and industry link days
  • 1:1 and / or small group Nurture sessions
  • Peer mentor, Play leader and Prefect training
  • Targeted support from LIST, CYPS, EWO and school nurse

Berwick Middle School Pupil Premium Expenditure 2015-16


Please click on the images below to view the impact of 2015 -16 Pupil Premium spend.