The Pupil Premium (PP) is a government strategy designed to help disadvantaged children and young people do well at school. The funding is allocated to schools for children from Reception to Year 11 who have registered for free school meals in the last six years or who are in the care of the local authority. Schools are responsible for spending the money in ways that would most benefit these students.
We are held accountable for the impact of Pupil Premium funding in the following ways:
- Performance tables, which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
- Details published online each year of how we are using the Pupil Premium and the impact it is having on pupil achievement
- The Ofsted inspection framework, where inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium.
At Budehaven we are ambitious for all our students and do not believe there are any limits to what our students can achieve in their learning. Our priority is to work hard to ensure that all students, regardless of disadvantage, are supported to overcome any barriers they may face, to allow them to be successful and achieve in line with or better than their peers.
In the academic year 2015 – 2016 we successfully narrowed the gap in attainment for our Year 11s, whilst still improving the overall performance of all student’s in the school.
At the same time we also significantly improved attendance and exclusion outcomes, reducing our attendance gap from 3.6% to 1.8% and reducing the sessions lost to exclusion for disadvantaged students from 109 to 44.
Funding for 2016 to 2017
In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, the school will receive £935 funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. In addition the school will receive £1,900 for each looked-after child. At Budehaven Community School approximately 26% of the cohort in years 7 to 11 are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.
An evaluation of the spend for 2015-2016 can be found below, along with our planned spend for 2016-2017.
Our priorities for 2016 2017 are:
- Ensure access to high quality first teaching for all students and develop in-class interventions to motivate and accelerate the progress and attainment of Pupil Premium students
- Ensure access to a mastery curriculum for all disadvantaged students
- Raise ambitions of and for disadvantaged students and raise the profile of Most Able Pupil Premium Students across the school, so that more effective action is taken to ensure that they achieve their potential
- Ensure that effective strategies to narrow the gap in the progress and attainment of disadvantaged students are identified and embedded across the whole school, particularly for use in KS3
- Further develop the use digital technologies to support outcomes for disadvantaged students