The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. We also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. It is in addition to Bettridge’s main funding and is used to address any potential underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers.
Analysis of the outcomes on Education Health and Care Plan’s (EHCP’s) or Statement of Education Needs shows that the majority of pupils receiving Pupil Premium have key objectives associated with Communication and a significant number have outcomes associated with managing their behaviour.
Therefore, the Pupil Premium income is focused on training, staff development and staff deployment to enhance provision for communication and behavioural needs, both at school and in the wider community.
At Bettridge, the additional funding has been used for a range of purposes including:
- Senior TA for Behaviour (The focus is on teaching pupils self-management skills)
- Teaching and Learning Responsibility for lead teacher in Total Communication.
- Training in Total Communication and Restraint Reduction (Team Teach) for all staff
- Additional staffing to facilitate individual and small group work and increased inclusion opportunities for specific pupils. (Children in Care)
- Additional staffing to support attendance at holiday club. (Children in Care)
- Music Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Additional equipment such as iPads, communication programs and aids and sensory equipment. (Children in Care)
- Support from the Family Liaison Officer to enable families to address their needs and meet agreed outcomes for their children.
The impact of the use of the pupil premium has been to improve communication, and reduce incidence of restraint. Analysis of feedback during multi agency meetings and teacher assessment has confirmed that there has been improvement in the level of these pupils’ self-esteem and confidence, which in turn helps them have a more positive approach to their learning. This has been measured through tracking progress in key subjects and through progress towards agreed outcomes that are set annually with parents, pupils and a multi professional team at EHCP or Statement reviews. The progress towards these outcomes is closely monitored during meetings with parents held three times each year, and moderated and scrutinized bi-annually by members of the Leadership Team and at least annually by members of the Governing Body. Any dip in progress is quickly identified and addressed. Analysis of pupil progress data shows that pupil premium pupils achieve as well as all other pupils in school.
Overall, the pupil premium has enabled pupils to close gaps in their attainment of both numeracy and literacy, as well as making strides in their personal, social and emotional development.
The decision as to how the Pupil Premium is spent is down to the Head and the Governing Body.
A more in-depth report is available on request. Please contact Mandy Roberts, Headteacher: email@example.com
15/16 Financial Year:
£32,572 TA3 Behaviour
£5,000 Music Therapy
£5,427 Total Communication
£5,285 TLR3A (Low attainment pupils)
£957 Play Therapy
Carried over to 16/17 year: £14,274
16/17 Financial Year:
Allocation: Estimation of amount to be received is £53,955 plus carry forward of £14,274 which gives a total budget for this year of £68,229
Already confirmed through LT & Finance Committee as:
£35,180 on TA3 Behaviour
£19,798 towards part of Family Liaison Worker
£5,000 Music Therapy
£5,459 for Total Communication TLR
£2,894 for TLR3A