Thomas Bewick School receives an additional allowance over and above its budget to help address the lower levels of achievement experienced by children who are disadvantaged in some way. This is called the Pupil Premium and is in addition to main school funding. This funding is allocated straight to the school and is clearly identifiable in our budget. The premium awarded is in addition to any funding the pupil may receive for their special educational needs.
At Thomas Bewick School, our Pupil Premium strategy prioritises improvements in the quality of teaching, including supporting pupils’ access to learning and raising the quality of interventions used to support positive pupil outcomes.
Thomas Bewick School works hard to ensure that all pupils achieve as much as they are able to. Our Local Advisory Committee work with senior leaders in the school to examine and evaluate the impact of this additional funding in order to support the rationale behind the allocation of our Pupil Premium grant.
In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery.
The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.
Using the Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium – a tiered approach
Considering a tiered approach to Pupil Premium spending can help schools balance approaches to improving teaching, targeted academic support and wider strategies.
Spending on improving teaching might include professional development, training and support for early career teachers and recruitment and retention. Ensuring an effective teacher is in front of every class, and that every teacher is supported to keep improving, is the key ingredient of a successful school and should rightly be the top priority for Pupil Premium spending.
2. Targeted academic support
Evidence consistently shows the positive impact that targeted academic support can have, including on those who are not making good progress across the spectrum of achievement. Considering how classroom teachers and teaching assistants can provide targeted academic support, including how to link structured one-to-one or small group intervention to classroom teaching, is likely to be a key component of an effective Pupil Premium strategy.
3. Wider strategies
Wider strategies relate to the most significant non-academic barriers to success in school, including attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support. While many barriers may be common between schools, it is also likely that the specific features of the community each school serves will affect spending in this category.
Please see the Pupil Premium Strategy here.
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Primary PE and Sport Premium
“Exercise and sports are hugely important for children. That should go without saying. Schools and colleges have a vital role to play in inspiring the next generation to lead healthy, active lives and to build resilience. But it’s more than that. The pursuit of sporting excellence is a fine thing in itself. While there isn’t a single definition of excelling, a good PE education can take each child down different pathways to find what they’re really good at. And on a bigger scale, it can take the whole of humanity forward.”
Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector February 2019
The Primary PE and Sport Premium is an additional amount of money allocated to schools which must be used to improve the quality of PE & Sports provision. The aim is to increase pupil participation in physical exercise. At Thomas Bewick School, we know how important physical activity is in terms of promoting fitness and a healthy lifestyle, but it is also an important tool that can be used to support sensory and emotional regulation.
The funding amount received by schools is based upon the number of children of primary age at the school (pupils in years 1 to 6). Our projected funding allocation for the academic year 2021/2022 is £17,460.
Please see our Primary PE and Sport Premium Strategy here.
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Previous Covid-19 Catch Up Premium: