Pupil Premium

 Berkeley Academy Pupil Premium Statement

The government provides every school with Pupil Premium funding.  The purpose of this funding is to address underlying inequalities for children eligible for free school meals (FSM) in the last 6 years and ‘Looked after children (LAC)’ and to tackle educational disadvantage. Berkeley Academy is in the highest national quintile for free school meals and deprivation levels are high based on ward data.

Main barriers to achievement:

Pupils targeted by the Pupil Premium funding tend to be over represented in terms of below expected achievement on entry particularly in Literacy and maths.  These pupils also have fewer enrichment opportunities in the home and may be affected by lower educational aspirations. Their families face financial hardship and often struggle to provide the basics in terms of uniform, snacks and equipment or learning resources. They have been disproportionately affected by Coronavirus and lockdown, and have the biggest needs in terms of connectivity and multiple child households. Those pupils are also over represented on the Child in Need register, particularly in the category of neglect and need more nurturing support and help with learning than other pupils to develop and thrive.

Year 2019-2020:

The Pupil Premium funding for 2019-20 was £184,800.

There is strong evidence that more families are affected by financial hardship and with more serious impact on their children than ever before, particularly in lockdown and going forward in terms of catch-up.  This is reflected in the increased workload of the Family Support Worker and the workload on those staff additionally deployed during lockdown to provide more frequent support  for pupil premium children.

This funding has been spent in the following ways to overcome the barriers to achievement listed above:

  • To deploy a much greater number of staff to support the learning and pastoral needs of pupil premium children during lockdown and remote learning.
  • To invest in ICT equipment to support remote learning, including broadband access in the home and appropriate learning devices.
  • To fund additional staff in year groups with the most disadvantaged pupils to help accelerate their development and progress by providing nurturing support and help with learning.
  • To provide targeted interventions in small groups or one-to-one, booster classes, additional EAL provision as needed to help pupils catch up and achieve as well as their peers where they may not have support or access to learning resources at home to complete independent study or homework.
  • To continue to invest in ICT equipment and online learning resources for the benefit of all pupils but with creating access for those who do not have good or sufficient ICT facilities at home particularly in mind.
  • To provide specific learning resources free of charge to eligible children such as equipment, books, exercise books and paper, uniform and snacks.
  • To continue to employ a Family Support Worker who supports vulnerable pupils and families with issues that have a negative impact on the children’s well-being and learning for example helping to broker better access to support services, council services or financial support. The Family Support Worker refers many families to food banks and other charities as many are destitute.
  • To fund a Sand Play Therapist to work with vulnerable children and sometimes parents who struggle emotionally or have experienced trauma.
  • To enhance the extra-curricular opportunities for disadvantaged children and increase their cultural capital by reserving spaces for them on school clubs (remote clubs since March 2020), making sure they attend.
  • Where necessary to provide free access to trips and visits where not taking part would further compound the disadvantage experienced by those pupils.

 The impact of the funding is measured through:

  • The progress that targeted pupils make across their subjects particularly in Reading, Writing and Maths
  • The participation of targeted pupils in enrichment activities in and out of school and remotely 
  • Improved attendance of targeted pupils
  • Vulnerable families getting the help they need and their children being supported emotionally and practically to develop and thrive.

Year 2020-2021:

Berkeley Academy’s total Pupil Premium funding for the year 2020 - 2021 is £162,745.

This funding will be spent in the following ways to overcome the barriers to achievement listed above:

  • To fund additional staff in year groups with the most disadvantaged pupils to help accelerate their development and progress by providing nurturing support and help with learning.
  • To  provide targeted interventions in small groups or one-to-one, booster classes, holiday revision classes, additional EAL provision as needed to help pupils catch up and achieve as well as their peers where they may not have support or access to learning resources at home to complete independent study or homework.
  • To invest in ICT equipment and learning resources for the benefit of all pupils but with those who do not have sufficient ICT facilities at home particularly in mind.
  • To provide specific learning resources free of charge to eligible children as needed.
  • To employ a Family Support Worker who supports vulnerable pupils and families with issues that have a negative impact on the children’s well-being and learning for example helping to broker better access to support services, council services or financial support.
  • To enhance the extra-curricular opportunities for disadvantaged children and increase their cultural capital by reserving spaces for them on school clubs, trips and visits and making sure they attend.

Evidence of the positive impact of this provision will demonstrated through the following outcomes:

  • The progress that targeted pupils make across their subjects particularly in Reading, Writing and Maths
  • The participation of targeted pupils in enrichment activities in and out of school and remotely 
  • Improved attendance of targeted pupils
  • Vulnerable families getting the help they need and their children being supported emotionally and practically to develop and thrive.

 

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