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Pupil Premium Statement 2016-2017

Pupil Premium


Background Research and Practice within Barrs Court School

Research has shown that there are identifiable inequalities between children eligible

for free school meals (FSM) and looked after children (LAC) in relation to their

peers within their academic and personal development.


In order to help address these inequalities the Government provide Pupil Premium funding, which is additional funding, to schools so that it can be used to support

those disadvantaged and most vulnerable pupils who need it most.


The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are

currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.


The Government has decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium has been extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years. Nationally, as a group, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.


To ensure that pupil premium has the desired impact upon pupil’s attainment and personal development we review, on a regular basis, best practice and guidance in order to help us identify the best and the most effective strategies available for our pupil/s.


Due to the complex nature of the pupils at Barrs Court School we recognise that outcomes may not always be directly related to attainment in the English and Mathematics areas of the curriculum as within main stream school setting and they may not also be measurable via attainment.


For some of our pupils we identify that outcomes and therefore progress can be related to, for example, emotional literacy, behaviour support or physical development and may be far more relevant to the child at specific points in their education.


One key tool that helps us in our review of research and strategies is the Sutton Trust’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit, which summarises evidence from research into the impact of various strategies to address the attainment of disadvantaged pupils, with particular relevance to schools’ use of the Pupil Premium.



Recording and Reporting Pupils Premium Spend

All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received, how it is being used and the impact it has had upon pupil’s attainment. The funding allocation for free school meals (Ever6) is managed by the Education Funding Agency and paid to the school on a quarterly basis.


The funding allocation for Looked After Children is managed by the Virtual School’s Head teacher in the local authority that looks after those children.  The Virtual School Head (or their representative) will be involved in any decisions about how the child will benefit from any pupil premium funding through each child’s Personal Education Plan (PEP).



Funding for 2016-2017

The level of funding for pupil premium in 16 – 17 is as follows:-

  • Pupils in Year Groups 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £935
  • Looked After Children (LAC) £1,900 (Please note within Herefordshire LA LAC funding is top sliced by the Virtual School by £300 per pupil)
  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order£1,900
  • Service children - Pupils in Year Groups R to 11 recorded as Ever 4 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence £ 300
  • Post 16 LAC Bursary £1200


This academic year the following number of pupils were eligible for the following:



FSM (Ever 6)

LAC (Pre 16)

LAC (Post 16 Bursary)


Care Leavers (Post 18)


No. of eligible pupils







Rate of Pupil Premium







Overall Funding Received









LAC – Looked After Children

AFC – Adopted from care


2016-2017 Pupil Premium Spend

The pupil premium funding has been used in a number of ways including:


  • The purchase of a private Occupational Therapist qualified to carry out sensory assessments and deliver sensory processing training to staff and parents/ carers;
  • Weekly RDA Lessons;
  • Weekly swimming lessons for pupil in keystage 3;
  • The purchase of sensory regulation resources to support individual pupils;
  • The purchase of iPads as communication aids to improve learning;
  • The purchase of 2 Eyegaze devices for pupils to access;
  • The purchase of individually appropriate classroom equipment, for example suitably adjusted chairs;
  • Purchase of specialist equipment for individual pupils;
  • Supporting the funding of regular school activities and external school activities for example participating in the Dance Festival, paying towards residential school holidays, paying for transport/ uniform for work experience placements etc.;
  • Staff professional development e.g. Sensory processing, Talk for Writing, TEAACH training, PECS training and SCERTS training etc.;
  • Weekly 1:1 and small group targeted interventions facilitated by skilled staff.



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