Pupil Premium Grant
Introduced in April 2011, the pupil premium is allocated for children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings as well as children who have been looked after by the Local Authority continuously for more than six months.
Barriers to Learning
Communication barriers – some pupils have complex social, communication and emotional needs which can result in challenging behaviours. These behaviours can impact on their ability to learn effectively.
Environmental barriers – some pupils’ sensory needs are negatively affected by their physical environment; this can reduce their ability to learn effectively.
Parental engagement – some parents require a high level of support to fully engage in all aspects of school life.
Attendance – some pupils struggle to maintain consistently high levels of attendance. This interrupted attendance pattern leads to slower levels of progress.
At Brent Knoll School, from 2017–18, we used our pupil premium in a variety of areas to support learning and access to the whole school curriculum and enrichment activities as follows:
- Provide a school/some support service for targeted families through further expansion of the role of the School/Home Support Practitioner
- Develop mentor/tutor provision for identified secondary age children
- Provide intensive, targeted literacy support through lead practitioner intervention
- Extend therapy provision across the school by increasing the number of days psychotherapeutic counselling is offered and continue partnering with the Cassel Centre to provide art therapy
- Extend speech and language therapy to provide an increased level of support for the development of communication skills across the school
- Extend out-of-school learning through a range of planned residential and non-residential visits, including the use of Wide Horizons provision
As a school, we recognise that the pupil premium grant has enabled us to support the holistic education of many of our children.
PE and Sport Grant
The government has provided additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013–2014 and 2014–2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sports in primary schools. This funding, provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has been allocated to primary school headteachers.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sports in schools.
Purpose of funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sports, but schools have been given the freedom to choose how they do this. A list of possible uses has been suggested.
Brent Knoll has decided to use the money to:
- Support and engage the least active children in physical activities
- Increase pupils’ participation in sports and physical activities
- Provide places for pupils on after school sports clubs
- Improve resources to support the development of the subject
The latest report on the PE and Sports grant can be seen by clicking the link below.
Year 7 Catch-up Grant
What is it?
The catch-up grant is government funding that is used to provide additional support for Year 7 students who did not meet the expected standard in literacy and/or numeracy at the end of Key Stage 2.
The grant is used to fund:
- The BKS Summer School
The aim of our summer school is to enable students starting Year 7 in September to familiarise themselves with the school, staff and their peers. As part of the summer school, we assess the pupils’ numeracy and literacy needs and, in turn, provide intervention activities. This helps children start on a pathway that ensures their time at Brent Knoll is successful.
- Numeracy and literacy interventions
We have computers in the Year 7 intervention room with both the Wordshark and Numbershark programmes available for the pupils to use. These programmes help to reinforce learning by engaging and motivating students to improve their proficiency in English and maths.