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 (PP) 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. PP is awarded for every pupil who:
· is in receipt of a Free School Meal in the current year
· has been in receipt of a Free School Meal in the previous six years (Ever 6 FSM)
· has been Looked After by the local authority continuously for the past six months
· is a child in a Services Family
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.
Prinary 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 2020/2021 is a£16,000.
Covid-19 Catch Up Premium
The DfE has allocated £650 million to be spent on ensuring all pupils have the chance to catch up and supporting schools to enable them to do so. For pupils with complex needs, schools should spend this funding on catch-up support to address their individual needs.
The Education Endowment Foundation suggests a 3-tiered approach:
- Teaching (e.g. high-quality teaching for all, supporting remote learning, focusing on professional development)
- Targeted academic support (e.g. high-quality one to one and small group tuition, more teaching assistants and targeted support, academic tutoring, planning for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- Wider strategies (e.g. supporting pupils’ social, emotional and behavioural needs, communicating with and supporting parents, supporting parents with pupils of different ages)