The Pupil Premium, which was introduced in April 2011, is allocated for children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after by the Local Authority continuously for more than six months.
At Brent Knoll during 2014/15 we used our pupil premium in a variety of areas to support learning and access to the whole school curriculum and enrichment activities – these are outlined below:
- Provision of a Home/School support worker
- Additional speech and language therapy
- Additional Occupational therapy
- Subsidising school journeys and trips
- Subsidising Out of School Hours learning activities
- Introducung music therapy
- Providing mentor support for identified Looked After Children
- Developing a Forest School outdoor adventure experience into the primary curriculum
- Providing additional psychotherapeutic counselling for referred eligible pupils
As a school, we are delighted that the Pupil Premium has enabled us to support the holistic education of many of our children.
The full report for 2014-15 can be seen by clicking the link below;
This year the funding has been increased and the school will be receiving £116215 in the year 2015-16. As a result of the increase in funding in addition to continuing the provisions detailed in our 2015 report the school has also been able to provide additional tutor sessions for Looked After Children and targeted literacy support for low attaining pupils who have been identified as making less than expected progress.
For more details of projected 2015-16 expenditure please click on the link below:
PE and Sport Grant
The government has provided additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – has been allocated to primary school head teachers.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Purpose of funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but schools have been given the freedom to choose how they do this. A list of possible uses has been suggested.
Brent Knoll School has decided to use the money to:
- support and engage the least active children in physical activities
- professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
- increase pupils’ participation in the sports and physical activities
- provide places for pupils on after school sports clubs
- improve resources to a support the development of the subject
The latest report on the PE and Sport grant can be seen by clicking the link below;
Year 7 Catch-up Grant
The school received £9500 Year 7 catch-up funding which is targeted at students who did not achieve nationally expected levels in numeracy and literacy. At Brent Knoll the grant has been used to supplement Learning Support Assistant salary costs to enable the provison of two Learning Support Assistants in each Year 7 class. Funding has also been targeted on providing extended training for all Year 7 staff on Soundswrite, the active phonic programme used successfully in our primary department.
In the school year 2014-15 94% of Year 7 made median or upper quartile progress in English and mathematics. Year 7 pupils made an average of 12.125 points progress in reading scores.