The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. The amount received is dependent upon the number of children who are eligible and have claimed for free school meals at any time during the last six years.
We are committed to supporting improved outcomes for our disadvantaged pupils. In order to help them overcome their barriers to learning, and be happy and successful at Burscough Bridge Methodist School and in their future lives, we are guided by the following principles.
We have a whole school ethos of aspiration and attainment for all pupils and encourage all staff to convey positive and optimistic messages to all.
We have high expectations for all and acknowledge unique challenges to learning can be overcome.
We promote the power of positive, growth mindsets in our disadvantaged pupils to help inspire them to see and strive to meet their full potential.
We ensure that personalised provision is in place for children who have barriers for learning identified and educational needs accurately assessed and met.
We utilise evidence (especially the Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit) to decide the most effective strategies in overcoming the barriers to learning.
We deploy staff effectively to work with pupils who need the most support and training is provided where necessary to support pupils' learning.
We have systems in place which carefully monitor, manage and support good behaviour and attendance for all our pupils. If poor attendance is an issue, this is addressed as a priority.
Our teachers and leaders collect, analyse and use data to identify pupils' learning needs and review progress regularly. Underperformance is addressed rapidly through additional support and interventions.
Every effort is made to engage and empower parents and carers in the education and progress of their child.
We believe in creating opportunities for our Pupil Premium-eligible children. Using extra-curricular activities and additional classroom or school-wide roles to promote a sense of belonging in our school.
We aim to instill an enduring passion for learning in all our pupils by providing a strong grounding in English and mathematics and a broad base of skills and knowledge acquired across our rich and varied curriculum.
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The funding is used in a variety of ways
- The majority of the funding is spent on additional teaching assistants who support and deliver personalised, targeted intervention programmes (specifically spelling, maths and writing)
- Additional teaching assistant to reduce pupil: teacher ratio
- Additional resources to support individual pupils
- Help to subsidise costs for educational school trips /events
- Pupils who are more able are given extra opportunities to challenge /broaden their learning either within the classroom or in small groups.