In 2011-12 the government launched its Pupil Premium funding. This money is sent to schools based on the number of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free Schools Meals (FSM) and the number of children who are in care. From 2012-13, it was expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years.
In Bridgemere, Pupil Premium funding is used to diagnose and break down barriers to learning, provide training for staff that allows them to effectively support our Pupil Premium children and ensure that pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.
The barriers to learning that our Pupil Premium children face vary significantly from child to child. Some of our children have difficulties coping with a classroom environment which impacts upon them academically and socially. Some of the parents of our Pupil Premium children are not confident with the content of the curriculum and as such do not feel comfortable supporting learning at home. We have therefore used our funding to address these issues by running homework clubs, providing interventions and additional support in a variety of areas.
Please see our attached documents to note how we spent the money in 2015-16 and the impact it made and how we are spending the money this year.
Should I apply for Free School Meals?
Parents are encouraged to apply for Free School meals if they are entitled even if they do not wish to take up a school dinner. By applying the school receives additional funding to support your child through the Pupil Premium. This would mean that the school would receive more money to invest in educating your children.
For more information and to see if you are eligible for Free School Meals please see the document below: