What is Pupil Premium?
For many years Governments have recognised that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, no matter how able, progress less well than their peers at school.
Until the current Government reviewed the situation a whole range of funds were available that sought to support disadvantage in all its forms. Some pupils only qualified for support from a single fund, others, because of their situation, were supported by multiple funds.
Whilst the system was fair in most cases, it was both difficult and expensive to administer. In an attempt to simplify administration and as a result of wide ranging research it was decided that the vast majority of disadvantaged pupils would be covered by a single grant know as Pupil Premium.
This is given to schools as part of their annual budget to be used to support the progress of pupils who had:
- Received Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years
- Are Looked After Children
- Children of serving service personnel or ex service personnel in the past four years
- A child who is adopted
How does the school receive and use the money?
The grant is not ring-fenced in any way, but the Government wants to see pupils who receive the grant make progress in their education at the same rate or better than their peers. This effect is often referred to as "closing the (progress) gap."
How does Bingley Grammar use PP funding now?
At Bingley Grammar School our ethos is based on always attempting to do our best for every individual pupil and we have in place a whole range of measures for personalised learning, support, intervention and educational experiences (some of them extra-curricular) which can be accessed by every pupil if they are so inclined.
Due to the extra funding provided by the Pupil Premium, pupils who benefit from this grant are at the forefront of our personalised learning agenda. The money is used to provide extra learning opportunities for those who might otherwise fall behind their peers and extended learning in its widest sense for those with particular talents.
What about the future use of Pupil Premium?
In our continued drive for improvement we are reviewing the ways in which we get the best possible value from our PP funding and at the same time ensuring effective personalised, pastoral and academic outcomes.
In October a development plan that charts the measures put in place for each year group will be published here and here you will be able to see the vision the school has in place for Pupil Premium funding.