Policy for Pupil Premium Students and Expenditure of Pupil Premium Grant
What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding for schools to allow them to support their most disadvantaged pupils.
The students who are in the category as being ‘disadvantaged’ and who therefore generate this funding are:
- Children in Years 7-11 who have been in receipt of Free School Meals (in the last 6 years).
- Looked after children (LAC).
- Children adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order.
- Children of Services Personnel.
Research shows that nationally these children generally perform less well throughout their education and this disadvantages them in the employment market. The funding (known as Pupil Premium funding) is designed to help bridge that gap.
At Budmouth Academy, 25% of our students are from the above categories. In 2020-2021, we expect to receive over £300,000 to support disadvantaged students.
The Government has asked all schools to be transparent about how they spend this money and what impact it has. Below you will find our overall statement of intent for our children who are in a ‘disadvantaged’ category. At the start of each year, we will allocate our projected funding to areas of the school where we believe it can have significant impact e.g. purchasing revision materials or providing support with curriculum trips. At the end of the year we will provide a detailed breakdown of how the funding was spent, as well an evaluation of the impact we believe it has had.
Pupil Premium Guarantee
Our guarantee will ensure each qualifying student has:
- Guaranteed help towards uniform, revision materials and necessary equipment.
- Guaranteed access to a Careers Advisor for advice and guidance.
- Guaranteed access, where appropriate, to bespoke individual tuition and support and intervention activities.
- Guaranteed financial support to attend curriculum trips and activities to support learning.
- Guaranteed access to programmes such as, the Edge (programme to recognise and reward school and community involvement) and Duke of Edinburgh where appropriate.
- Guaranteed access to individual support from the Inclusion Centre, Pastoral Support Leader, Counselling or ELSA workers focusing on areas such as building self-confidence, improving attendance, anger management, mediation or emotional support and guidance if appropriate.
- Guaranteed access to after school homework club and support for time management, organisational skills or revision techniques if appropriate.
- Guaranteed SEN support where required.
- Guaranteed staff mentor to discuss both academic progress and wellbeing.
All Pupil Premium students at risk of underperforming will have an Individual Support Plan.
To apply for Free School Meals you can apply online via the following link: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/education-and-training/schools-and-learning/at-school/free-school-meals.aspx
If you are entitled to Free School Meals, you are also entitled to £50 (over 2 years) to purchase School Uniform, although this can be supplemented from the Pupil Premium grant if necessary.
The school believes in supporting all students who have specific needs and encouraging all to participate in the wider education we offer, including student leadership opportunities, as this provides a broad and balanced experience, which is crucial for success in society when students leave school. We monitor access to all these activities closely to ensure all groups of students are able to participate and gain from our enrichment activities. This extra grant supports this work as well as supporting learning priorities.
SERVICE PUPIL PREMIUM
The amount of funding for children of service personnel is lower than the other categories at £310 per child. It is paid as an additional amount to the school in recognition that in some cases these children are more likely to have had to move between schools at different times (often more than once) due to family relocation and that there may be occasions where a parent might be stationed on service away from the family home, including overseas. The additional funding for the children of service personnel will be used in the same way as for children in receipt of free school meals or looked after and post adopted children and will depend on the individual circumstances and need. This might include support with learning resources, help with transport or the provision of a mentor. The school pupil premium coordinator will liaise with the student, their family and other pastoral leaders to help determine the most appropriate avenues of support.
These children do not have to join the school’s Combined Cadet Force, bower historically many have chosen to. Our Student Support Centre Manager Ali Lawrence is an Army Lieutenant in our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and fully understands the pressures of being a service child. This mentor also understands the demands placed on working parents in the armed forces, as well as the implications for the children and works with heads of schools to track the progress, attendance, commitment to learning and pastoral welfare of this group of young people. Heads of School understand that school routines are helpful when dealing with separation and worry, but some days are just too challenging and so it is important to have support in school during more difficult times.
Students having both their Head of School as well as the Student Support Manager has helped them to feel less isolated, especially when one of their parents is away from home on active deployment.
The school has had a highly successful Combined Cadet Force (CCF) since 2007. We have an Army and Navy section, with over 150 cadets, who parade weekly after school on Thursday’s. Cadets have the chance to learn new skills such a fieldcraft, skill at arms and drill. They are able to develop their leadership skills and confidence in trying new things. Cadets can also train to take part in the Ten Tors Challenge and complete their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. These opportunities support SPP children as they may feel more confident in taking part because of their knowledge and experience with this environment at home.