At Berwick Middle School we are committed to meeting the needs of all students and strive to create the best opportunities and experiences for all students. National statistics show that gap exists between the attainment and progress of some groups of pupils including those in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers. Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
Pupil Premium is eligible for pupils;
- 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.
Schools can make a difference, and we promote an ethos of attainment for all pupils which is based on data and focused on positive outcomes. We have high expectations, and challenge low aspirations and inconsistent performance. We use robust tracking and monitoring systems to check pupil’s progress and attainment.
Pupil Premium Income 2017-18
We are required to publish how much Pupil Premium funds we receive and how we have allocated the money to raise pupil attainment. We are also required to publish the results for Pupil Premium students compared with their peers. The income for Pupil Premium for the academic year 2017-18 is £103,565.
Spend and Impact of 2017-18 Pupil Premium
Of the total allocation of £103,565 the majority is spent on providing additional staff to support this cohort of pupils across the school.
All teachers are required to identify pupils who receive Pupil Premium funding on their seating plans. All Teaching Assistants are aware of the pupils with Pupil Premium and are directed to support these pupils specifically, referring to the TA support plans completed by the teacher and issued by the SENDCo. Strategies are put into place and reviewed regularly in line with pupil progress data to check impact.
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.
Berwick Middle School has carefully targeted the additional funding received in a variety of ways as there is no one size fits all solution to closing the attainment gap. Our first priority is to deliver high quality teaching and in class support from skilled Teaching Assistants. We also adopt a range of evidence-based strategies and interventions that address the varied needs of the whole child, and deliver as appropriate to the individual. Each
Berwick Middle School aims to minimise financial disadvantages by providing targeted practical and pastoral support and access to enrichment activities.
- Offering financial support for uniform, music lessons, school equipment such as stationary and educational trips.
- Providing a daily ICT and homework club for pupils to access the internet.
- Daily Breakfast Club.