Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium Grant

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is an additional sum of money from the government that is allocated to schools to help raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap between them and their peers.  The grant is aimed specifically towards supporting children who have been:

  • in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years (Ever6)
  • children looked after by the Local Authority continuously for at least 6 months (CLA)
  • children of Armed Forces personnel (Ever 4 Service child pupils)

At Barkerend Academy we have a proportion of children on roll each year, who fall in to the first category (FSM). These children have benefitted from the PPG over the course of the academic year and also in previous years, through the implementation of key intervention strategies and targeted resource allocation.

We have also used the funding to provide support for the following groups:

  • pupils new to the country
  • pupils who have had limited or no previous education prior to their entry to the country
  • pupils who do not claim FSM, but who would otherwise be eligible
  • pupils with severe emotional, social family or behavioural barriers to learning, as identified by our school pastoral team

The aim of the grant is to increase the progress and raise the attainment of all of these children from Reception to Year 6.

The PPG Report

Every school is required to provide a report on its website that identifies the amount of money received, how it has been allocated and the impact it had each year.  This table shows the number and percentage of disadvantaged pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium grant and the funding received each year since 2011-12.

YEARS 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Percentage of pupils eligible for PPG 30% 40% 40% 41% 41% 43%
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG 125 166* 166 169 171 179
Amount of PPG received per pupil £488 £623 £953 £1,311 £1,320 £1,320
Total amount of PPG received £61,000 £103,626 £162,010 £221,603 £225,372 £236,655

* 1 looked after pupil.

To see the full report for 2015/16 please click here.

How we decide where to spend the PPG

The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ strategies that they know will support those pupils to increase their attainment and ‘narrow the gap’ between the attainment of pupil premium pupils and the attainment of other pupils.

At Barkerend Academy, the school leaders and governors use guidance from the Sutton Trust research to identify the most effective use of funding to raise pupil achievement.  We aim to employ proven strategies that show high levels of impact with our pupils; that can be easily evidenced; and which are of best value to the school.

To see the proposed expenditure for 2016/17 please click here.

Please click here for the Early Years Pupil Premium Report 2015-16.

How we monitor the impact of the PPG

All teachers are made aware of the children in their class who are in receipt of the PPG and are informed immediately when new pupils are added to the register.  Teachers are responsible for planning relevant learning experiences and interventions accordingly and for tracking the on-going progress of these pupils, as with any other significant group.