The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between disadvantaged children and their peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantages reaches the pupils who need it most. Disadvantaged children are those who have possible barriers to learning due to factors beyond their abilities and the school environment. The amount given is linked to the number of children in the school who fall into various categories, for example those in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) due to financial circumstances, not those entitled by age under the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) arrangements. The funding can be spent at the school’s discretion, to meet the needs of any disadvantaged children or those made vulnerable to underachieving in their learning due to various barriers, ensuring they make the best possible progress.
At Brightwalton Primary School, we have fewer than the average number of children who are eligible to receive the Pupil Premium. On an annual basis, we first ensure that all our children receive good quality classroom teaching, with high expectations and challenging targets, then we carefully consider the needs of the children receiving the Pupil Premium as a group and as individuals, assessing the barriers to learning they might encounter. We also take into consideration our ‘normal’ extra and SEN provision and the impact that has had, before allocating this money on additional provision and support; this can take a wide range of forms. The effect of the pupil premium is measured in the outcomes and impact of our strategies, detailed in the reports below.
If you think your child may be eligible for free school meals please contact the school office to find out more.
Catch Up Premium
Schools have been allocated a Catch Up Premium for the 2020 - 2021 academic year. The aim is that this money will be spent to counteract the effects of the pandemic on children's academic, social and emotional development. The impact of school closures and imposed isolation on all our children, especially those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable to underachievement, has been a very noticeable dip in the ability to learn, as well as slower progress as a result of missed learning.
All staff have worked very hard to counteract the damage done to learning by the first lockdown period, when the government asked all schools to provide child care facilities for some children and reinforcement activities for those at home, We were advised to offer no new learning during this period. Fortunately, the school offered very high quality remote learning during the subsequent school closure and was also able to offer in-school places to all our disadvantaged and most vulnerable learners, as well as children of critical workers.
Please see below for how we allocated our Catch Up Premium and the impact it had.