Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding, it is used to address inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
Schools decide how the Pupil Premium Grant is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made in supporting individual pupils.
Our aim at The Barlow RC High School is to ensure that provision is in place to help all pupils to achieve their potential by further increasing the focus on the progress and attainment of Pupil Premium pupils. We aim to ensure that the provision for Pupil Premium students is seen throughout everything we do at The Barlow RC in terms of teaching and learning, and is not an ‘add on’ to what we already provide as a School.
50% of our students at The Barlow RC are eligible for Pupil Premium which is significantly higher than the national figure. The Barlow RC recognises that each individual student has different needs, concerns and aspirations and we aim to ensure the best outcomes for everyone irrelevant of their background and disadvantages. For some students, this may be supporting their progress in reading, whilst for others it may be providing support for individual music lessons, or University visits. The school is committed to closing the attainment and achievement gap across a range of measures for our disadvantaged pupils particularly, and the additional funding will be used to support this aim.
Identified barriers to attainment at The Barlow RC High School:
- Socio economic factors- low ‘IMD’ scores for Manchester in income, employment, health and other barriers
- High rate of Income deprivation affecting children (IDACI) in Manchester
- Low levels of literacy and numeracy affecting PP students on entry in Year 7
- Low levels of parental engagement for some PP students
- Low aspirations of some PP students in terms of further education and long term goals
Pupil premium strategy is reviewed annually, the last full review was September 2017.
Ongoing strategy meetings.