Purpose of Pupil Premium
The Government introduced Pupil Premium in 2011. It is additional to main school funding and is intended to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
Barriers for Disadvantaged Pupils
At Bevington we have identified a number of barriers which disadvantaged pupils (those entitled to Pupil Premium) face through their time at Bevington Primary School. These are barriers which can impact on pupils’ attainment, progress and wellbeing, particularly in comparison to their peers.
The main barriers we have identified are:
- Arrival in school with below average attainment, especially in speech, language and communication
- Decreased likelihood of fulfilling complete academic potential – especially higher ability learners
- Fewer opportunities outside school for enrichment and wider personal development
- Inconsistent attendance and punctuality
- Increased risk of social and emotional difficulty
- Lack of opportunity to prepare fully for life in modern Britain
How Bevington uses its Pupil Premium
At Bevington, we target our use of Pupil Premium funding to remove the barriers we have identified and improve standards for eligible pupils. In 2017-18, Pupil Premium eligible pupils form 42% of the school population.
We do this through seven main funding categories:
- Class Support
- Learning Mentor
We track our expenditure carefully through the year, and we are continuously assessing the impact of this funding.
In 2016-17, we received £180,905 as our Pupil Premium
In 2017-18, we expect to receive £161,040 of Pupil Premium funding
Expenditure and Impact
At Bevington, we expect all pupils to achieve their potential, regardless of background or starting point.
As a result, disadvantaged pupils consistently perform equal to, if not above, the standard of their peers by the end of their time in Bevington.
In 2017, 63% of the disadvantaged pupils in our Reception cohort achieved the Good Level of Development, compared to the cohort average of 74%.
However, in 2017, 95% of disadvantaged pupils achieved the combined expected standard by the end of KS2. We are still awaiting local and national figures to complete a full comparison, however we are confident that this is significantly higher than the achievement of other pupils locally and nationally.
This shows that disadvantaged pupils at Bevington make exceptional progress, and that by the end of their time at our school, any differences between them and their peers are diminished.
Children achieving the Combined Standard at the end of KS2 2017
For more information on the performance of our disadvantaged pupils, and the impact of our funding, please see our Pupil Premium Report document (above)
Pupil Premium Review
We review our Pupil Premium funding in line with the financial year (April-April), however we measure its impact in line with the academic year (September-September).
We are constantly measuring the daily impact of our Pupil Premium expenditure, however this will next be reviewed formally in September 2018.