Pupil Premium Funding
Since April 2011, central government has allocated funding to schools called ‘Pupil Premium’ (PP). The funding has been introduced to help close the gap in attainment and improve the quality of teaching and learning for vulnerable groups of children. For this academic year (2017-2018) Pupil Premium has been set at £935 Secondary pupils and £1,320 for Primary pupils.
An additional premium has been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces (£300 per pupil 2015-2016). Looked After Pupils (now referred to as pupils in receipt of Child Arrangement Orders or CAO) receive an additional £1,900 although the Local Authority in which the pupil resides maintains their fund and allocates the funds according to their own arrangements. For details see relevant LA guidelines.
We also receive Year 7 Catch-Up funding at £500 for all Year 7 pupils achieving below Level 4.
At Brookfields we are dedicated to improving outcomes for all pupils regardless of socio-economic background or level of need. Our aim is for every pupil to have equal opportunities and access to outstanding Teaching and Learning. The pupil is at the heart of what we offer and a priority is the emotional and social well -being of all our pupils.
- For eligible pupils the PPF has been used to support Residential trips and educational day visits, holiday club and after school club leading to an increase in confidence and self- esteem along with better social interactions.
- We have also invested in a number of large resources for pupils with more complex needs, such as interactive wall panels, bubble tubes and fibre optics with switches, to promote engagement within the classroom and have developed interactive story sacks for pupils to take home to enable extended access to specialised resources which may be difficult to source otherwise.
- PPF has paid for a trained counsellor to come into school and provide 1:1 pupil counselling. Evidence of individual pupil progress is collected, evaluated and monitored throughout the academic year enabling staff to present information to parents/ families and to the school governors about pupil progress and effective spending of PPF on an on-going basis, as well as with analysis of progress towards the targets set on an annual basis
- Training for staff to deliver specific interventions or on strategies to support individual/groups of learners
- Sensory resources for learners with complex needs
- Specific requests for individual or groups of pupils
- Resources to support the delivery of our new curriculum.
If you require any more information in relation to the Pupil Premium, eligibility of your child for Pupil Premium or its use at Brookfields please do not hesitate to contact either Sarah Strudley (Assistant Head Teacher), or Patrick Mitchel (School Business Manager), who will be happy to answer any questions about Pupil Premium funding.