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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Grant - Use and Impact 2018/19

Pupil Premium is a government grant which is allocated to schools based on the number of children eligible for free school meals and the number of looked after children. Schools are entitled to spend their allocated Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) in a way they think will best support the raising of the attainment and achievement of these children.

At BHJS, we believe that the most successful route to academic excellence is through high quality small group, focused teaching. To this end, we use a substantial portion of our PPG funding on employing additional teachers in years 5 and 6 in order to provide small teaching groups for maths and literacy. Whilst working within a smaller group, under the guidance of a qualified teacher, children’s specific needs can be met more easily, enabling any gaps to be closed and full potential to be reached. We also have some ‘1-2-1’ tuition groups for individuals or very small groups usually with a maths or literacy focus.

Additionally, PPG funding is used to remove any ‘barriers to learning’ which may exist. Amongst other things, these may include low self-esteem, poor attendance, gaps in learning or a lack of confidence.   Pupils should feel unique, valued, special and experience trips and be part of a wide range of extra-curricular clubs.  ‘More Able’ pupils or ‘Gifted and Talented’ pupils benefit from the input of a specialist teacher once a term. PPG money is used to ensure all pupils are happy; all pupils are ready to learn such as through the delivery of our respect club for pupils in year 5 and 6 and bespoke counselling sessions.

Each pupil that is currently eligible (or has been eligible in the last 6 years) for free school meals (FSM) is allocated £1,320 to be spent on ensuring they reach their academic potential.  Looked after children are each allocated £2,300 for additional support within school. Source: GOV.UK Pupil Premium: allocations and conditions of grant 2018-19. In the financial year 2017/18, the sum allocated was £65,756 and for 2018 – 19 it is £ 69,920.

This money has been used and will be used to provide for the following: (this list is not exhaustive- we are very flexible with our approach, in order to meet every pupil’s specific needs). Please note that each eligible child has a personal pupil premium record that illustrates how their entitlement has been delivered over time.  This document lists their specific support in greater detail.

Spent on Aim
Additional teacher support is employed in Year  5 and 6 for up to 5  mornings a week, taking a smaller focus group for  literacy and maths To help children reach their full potential in maths and literacy through high quality teaching within a smaller group. To close any gaps in previous learning. To develop self-esteem, perseverance, resilience and confidence.
‘1-2-1’ tuition by a qualified teacher for pupils in years 5 and 6. The emphasis is on maths and literacy To help children reach their full potential in maths and literacy through high quality teaching within a smaller group. To close any gaps in previous learning. To develop self-esteem, perseverance, resilience and confidence.
To pay for club activities (music lessons or football training for example) To enrich the curriculum, ensure the children are able to participate and to give children the opportunity to experience new and challenging activities.
Bespoke counselling sessions To boost pupils’ self-esteem, enhance their attitudes to learning, their sense of well-being and their enjoyment of school.
Gifted and talented specialist teacher To enable pupils to reach their personal academic potential with a view to securing a place at grammar school
Funding places on school trips (both residential and day trips) To enhance the curriculum, ensure the children are able to participate and to give children the opportunity to experience new cultural, social, educational and challenging activities

2018 Pupil Premium Results

Subject Disadvantaged
% At Expected
BHJS All Pupils
% At Expected
National All Pupils
% At Expected
Reading 38.5% 74.1% 75%
Writing 76.9% 81% 78%
Maths 46.2% 72.4% 76%

Review of Pupil Premium Strategy July/September 2018

Each July we evaluate our pupil premium strategy for pupils currently on roll. This enables us to take SATs data and internal data into account to measure progress and attainment of all disadvantaged pupils during the past academic year. The data is analysed and children’s views are carefully considered in order for us to assess the effectiveness of our approach and to make any strategic changes which are deemed necessary in order to meet the needs of our pupils. Pupil premium progress is reviewed formally each term and the date of the next full review will be July 2019.

If your child does not have FSM but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the office (in confidence) to register them.  Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that would be used to help your child.

Please note: No child is singled out for receiving PPG and the children are totally unaware of who receives this additional funding.

 
 
 
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