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Pupil Premium

 

Welcome to the Pupil Premium section of our website.  The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. It is designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to perform better and reduce the difference between them and their peers.

We know that as parents & carers you want your children to thrive, achieve and be happy at school.  Our pledge to you is that we will work with you to help your child’s time at Brooklands School meet these expectations.  We firmly believe that the best way we can achieve this is by giving your child a ‘First rate education & excellent pastoral support’.  There may be occasions when your child needs additional support or intervention.  We will keep you informed about your child’s progress and work with you to best support you and your child through their middle school journey.  

Working as a team of parents, child and school; we know that we can best prepare your child for the next phase of their education.  

We recognise that children eligible for PPG are not an homogeneous group and cover a wide range of needs. As such the strategies we use to raise attainment and support pastorally will take individual needs fully into account. 

We believe in a positive and aspirational approach at Brooklands.  So instead of ‘barriers to learning’ we use ‘ways we can make a difference’.  

  • We prioritise quality first teaching & learning so that our PPG pupils can benefit from this.  In doing so we are able to target any gaps in learning. This then be supported by 1:1 or small group interventions as appropriate.
  • Providing excellent pastoral support is a key part of our tiered approach at Brooklands.  Supporting our PPG pupils and their families to engage with school - both the academic and wider life - is really important to us.
  • We are proud of our restorative approaches to behaviour management & supporting our pupils to manage their emotions.  A key part of our PPG strategy involves maintaining & extending this.  
  • We are aspirational for our PPG pupils & want them to have high aspirations for themselves.  We support this through our careers and mentoring programmes.
  • We support with equipment - we are working to address any IT gaps as we move to Google classroom this year.  
  • We support our PPG pupils with attendance and parental involvement in school.  We have a dedicated PPG support worker to promote and help with this.  

FAQs

  • Is my child eligible for PPG?  

Your child is eligible for PPG if they fall into one of these groups:

  1. They are eligible for free school meals (or have been eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years).  Find out here if you are eligible for free school meals https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/53/benefits/4/free_school_meals/2
  2. They are a looked after child (child in care) OR has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.
  3. You are a serving in HM forces OR have retired and is on a pension from the Ministry of Defence.

2) How much funding is my child entitled to?

The amount of money your child is entitled to depends on which category they fall into.     See this website for more information https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium/pupil-premium.

3) How is the money paid?

The money is paid directly to the school.  The amount each school receives is based on the number of pupils they have in each category.  This is calculated from the January census.  

4) Why are schools given extra money for children in these categories?

Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as their peers.  The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve. 

The money for service children is to help with pastoral support.

5) How does Brooklands School spend it’s pupil premium?

Please see the document at the bottom of this page ‘our pupil premium offer’.

6) Must the activity funded by the pupil premium benefit eligible pupils alone, and   exclude other pupil groups?

No.  Pupil premium funding is designed to raise the attainment of all disadvantaged pupils. It is not restricted to eligible pupils and can be used to support other pupils needing extra support because, for example, they need or have needed a social worker, or are acting as a carer, even if these pupils are not FSM-eligible. School leaders remain free to meet their pupils' needs as they assess them. 

The EEF recommends that schools use the grant firstly to improve teaching quality - which benefits all pupils but has a disproportionate benefit for disadvantaged pupils. Basic needs, pastoral and academic support follow.  This is why our first priority is to provide a ‘First rate education’ for our pupils.  

7) Should each eligible pupil have the Department for Education’s per-pupil amount spent on them?

The pupil premium is a school-level grant that gives schools extra resources to help meet its challenges, including those arising from deprivation. The needs of all pupils, eligible and others, should be assessed and the grant used to make maximum impact in the school. Pupil needs will differ and will cost differing amounts to address. 

There is no expectation that schools should spend £1320 on each eligible primary pupil, £935 on each eligible secondary pupil or £2300 for each adopted or looked after pupil; these are proxy amounts that are aggregated to produce the allocation distributed to schools and local authorities. 

School leaders have freedom over use of the grant and can use it as they judge best for disadvantaged pupils as a whole, including pupil-premium eligible pupils and those who are not eligible but are educationally disadvantaged - for example, pupils who need, or have needed, a social worker.

8) Is the pupil premium intended to support only those pupils who have low attainment?

No, the grant is to support disadvantaged pupils at all levels of ability.

9) . Is the pupil premium intended only for improving academic outcomes, or can it be used for things like cultural enrichment?

There is good evidence that a good level of personal development can help with academic attainment. Cultural enrichment or capital is a widely accepted as an important part of a person's readiness for life as an adult and building it is an integral part of the pupil premium's purpose.  However, we do not routinely pay for eligible pupils to take part in a trip or visit.  We do use the PPG to subsidise activities and have supported eligible pupils to take part in educational visits.  

At Brooklands we use our PPG to fund some aspects of pastoral support & to provide opportunities for pupils take part & succeed in wider school life. 

10) Where can I find out more information?

Mrs Goring-Farrow or Ms Woodburn are your first point of contact for PPG.  They can be contacted via the school office or by emailing:

cgoring-farrow@brooklands.school

jwoodburn@brooklands.school