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
What is it?
The catch-up grant is government funding which is used to provide additional support for Year 7 students who did not meet the expected standard in literacy and/or numeracy at the end of Key Stage 2.
The grant is used to fund:
• The BKS Summer school
The aim of our summer school is to enable students starting Year 7 in September to familiarise themselves with the school, staff and their peers. As part of the summer school we assess their numeracy and literacy needs and then provide intervention activities so that the children start on the appropriate pathway to ensure their time at Brent Knoll is successful.
• Numeracy and literacy interventions
We have computers in the Year 7 intervention room with both the word shark and number shark programmes available for the pupils to use. These programmes help to reinforce learning; they are engaging and motivate students, helping to improve their proficiency in English and maths.
Delia Durant- Year 7 Catch-up coordinator
Academic year 2018-19