The Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding is designed to address the current underlying inequalities between CLA pupils and those eligible for free school meals and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In 2011- 2012 the level of the premium was £488 per CLA pupil for every pupil eligible for free school meals and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for 6 months.
In 2012 - 2013 this rose to £600 per CLA pupil and those eligible for free school meals. In our School Budget allocation for 2012 - 2013 we received £28,200 which we have used to fund our Enrichment Activities and extra literacy and Numeracy Support.
In 2013 - 2014 this rose to £900 per CLA pupil and those eligible for free school meals. In our School budget allocation for 2013 - 2014 we received £42,300 which we used to fund our Enrichment Activities and extra Literacy and Numeracy Support.
In 2014 - 2015 we received £1,500 per CLA pupil and £935 for those eligible for free school meals. In our school budget allocation, we received £50,135 of which £8,599.75 was for CLA funding. Again, we have used this funding for enrichment and extra literacy and numeracy support.
During the financial year of 2015 – 2016, the school budget allocation for all Pupil Premium monies was £59,245, of which £45107.50 related to FSM and Ever 6 and £14137.50 related to CLA and Post CLA combined.
Batchwood received £1,500 per annum per CLA student as well as £1,900 per annum per student who had post looked after arrangements (Post CLA).
Batchwood received £935 per annum for those students eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) or who had been eligible within the past 6 years (Ever 6).
The funding was used to support strategies implemented to ensure students overcame any barriers to learning that they may have experienced. These strategies included:
- Extra literacy and numeracy support including regular 1:1 support
- Recruiting a Maths tutor to work alongside students at risk of permanent exclusion which enhances their progress in this subject
- Expanding the Outdoor Curriculum and facilities
- Continuing links with Alternative Providers resulting in the achievement of vocational qualifications for the most vulnerable students
- The continued provision of weekly sessions from two Counsellors and a Psychiatric Nurse
- Employment of a tutor concentrating on life skills
- ‘Enrichment Activities including residential as well as day trips providing extra curricula activities for students whilst building up their self-esteem and improving their ability to socially interact in a positive manner with bother peers and adults.
- Music tuition
- Funding provisions for Food Technology so that all students can access the Food Technology curriculum and understand the importance of a healthy diet
- Ensuring students have access to a funded breakfast at school when they arrive
From the list above, Batchwood ensures that all students receive a positive learning experience which improves their self-worth and equips them with the skills to overcome barriers to learning.
The funding supports them in understanding the importance of being part of an effective community and to “make every day count."