Pupil Premium Grant
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.
Barriers to Learning
Communication barriers – some pupils have complex social, communication and emotional needs which can result in challenging behaviours. These behaviours can impact on their ability to learn effectively.
Environmental barriers – some pupils’ sensory needs are negatively affected by their physical environment; this can reduce their ability to learn effectively.
Parental engagement – some parents require a high level of support to engage fully in all aspects of school life.
Attendance –some pupils struggle to maintain consistently high levels of attendance. This interrupted attendance pattern leads to slower levels of progress.
At Brent Knoll during 2017/18 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:
- School Home Support service-providing support for targeted families through further expansion of the role of the School Home Support Practitioner
- Develop mentor/tutor provision for identified secondary aged children
- Intensive targeted literacy support through lead practitioner intervention
- Extend therapy provision across the school by increasing the number of days psycho therapeutic counselling offered and continuing partnership with the Cassel Centre to provide art therapy
- Extend speech and language therapy to provide an increased level of support for the development communication skills across the school.
- Extend out of school learning through range of planned for residential and non-residential visits, including use of Wide Horizons provision.
As a school, we recognise that the Pupil Premium Grant has enabled us to support the holistic education of many of our children.
The full report for 2017-18 can be seen by clicking 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
- increase pupils’ participation in the sports and physical activities
- provide places for pupils on after school sports clubs
- improve resources to 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 2016 – 17 94% of Year 7 made median or upper quartile progress in English and mathematics. Year 7 pupils made an average of 4.4 months progress in reading.