About the Pupil Premium Grant
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) provides funding for raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential. It also includes the Services Premium which is for supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.
The secondary school PPG per disadvantaged pupil for 2020-21 is as follows:
- Pupils recorded receiving free school meals (FSM) or who have received free school meals in the last 6 years (Ever 6 FSM): £955
- Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority: £2,345
- Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order: £2,300
The secondary school PPG for the Services Premium for 2020-21 is as follows:
- Pupils recorded as Ever 6 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence £310
How St Bede’s Inter-Church School is using the PPG
It is up to schools themselves to decide how the funding is spent since they are considered best placed to assess what additional provision would be most beneficial for the pupils within their responsibility. At St Bede’s Inter-Church School we combine findings from research with professional expertise to make decisions as to how the PPG is used. A key source of this evidence is found through the Education Endowment Foundation (EFF).
Our first priority is continued high quality teaching. When lessons are taught by highly skilled practitioners there are clear benefits all learners but the impact is particularly positive for those who are disadvantaged. Around half of the pupil premium is spent on this priority. Another quarter of the PPG is spent on targeted academic intervention, for example literacy support. The final quarter is spent on wider strategies to tackle other barriers to success in school, for example social and emotional support. At St Bede’s we recognise that whilst it is important for our pupils to fulfil their academic potential, they also benefit significantly from pastoral activities and enrichment opportunities. We consider this holistic approach vital to help our pupils develop into well-rounded, confident and responsible adults.
Schools are allocated an amount each year depending on the number of eligible pupils recorded on-roll in the January census. Actions are carefully monitored and if necessary adjusted over the course of the year according to the progress pupils are making.
Free school meals
Through the pupil premium, pupils recorded as eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) can access far more than simply a meal at lunchtime, and these benefits can span a period of at least six years from the initial allowance.
We would encourage all parents whose children may be eligible for free school meals to pursue this support avenue. It could help their children considerably whilst they are at school and give them access to many more opportunities. If you are unsure as to the benefits, please do not hesitate to contact us at St Bede’s. For more information about applying for FSM, please see http://st-bedes-cambridge.org.uk/Portal/Free-School-Meal/.
Looked After and Previously-Looked After Children
The PPG for Looked After and Post-Looked After Children is sometimes called Pupil Premium Plus. Funding for each Looked After Child is spent directly on that pupil and this is managed by our Designated Teacher for Looked After Children.
We can only claim funding for Previously-Looked After Children if parents/carers inform us before January.â€¯ This information must be declared each time your child starts a new school. The funding is used to support your child’s learning at St Bede’s so it is important that we are made aware. If your child has been in local authority care, even for a day, and you are not certain that we know this, please could you contact us.
We understand that a young person’s early experiences may have a lasting impact and that every pupil is unique.â€¯ We aim to work in partnership with families to ensure that each pupil’s education experience is positive and that they achieve the very best they can.â€¯ With this in mind we would encourage you to contact us with any questions.