Pupil Premium was Introduced in April 2011, the pupil premium is an allocation of money given to schools to improve the attainment of specific groups of pupils. These groups are children who are looked after by the local authority, those who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years (also known as Ever 6 FSM) and for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. Pupils who are cared for by the local authority also receive a monetary allocation called Pupil Premium Plus.
The allocation of funding is designed to close the attainment gap for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and is to be used to support individuals or groups of pupils to make progress across all areas of the curriculum and enable pupils to engage fully with their education.
However, at Beechcliffe School the indicator for Pupil Premium "Free School Meals" may not reflect the numbers of pupils who are eligible within the school as some of our pupils are fed via gastrostomies.
Families of these pupils therefore, do not apply for free school meals and do not always realise that this impacts upon the ability to access other allowances and support.
Post sixteen pupils do not receive the pupil premium funding, however they are entitled to apply for the post sixteen bursary.