From September 2016, all schools are required to publish their Pupil Premium Strategy. This sets out how we intend to spend our allocation to address barriers to learning, and the rationale behind our decisions.
The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that targets additional money to children who need more support in school. The government uses the number of children on free school meals as an indicator for the level of deprivation that may impact on education.
It should be noted that the strategies facilitated by the introduction of the Pupil Premium are planned for the academic year (Sep-Aug) whereas the allocation is received for a financial year (Apr-March).
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged
- Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis, which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time.
PE & Sports Funding
At Ark Blacklands, we pride ourselves on the large variety of sports for the children to participate in free of charge. In addition, we aim to enrich the curriculum and the opportunities that we offer our children to support their physical development, increase activity levels and enhance engagement. We regularly take part in sports tournaments and competitions, both within and outside of the school day.
For the 2020-2021 academic year Ark Blacklands was provided with £40,422 to fund improvements to the provision of PE and Sport for the benefit of the children at our school, and encourage the development of healthy lifestyles. This included a carry forward of approximately £20,000 from 2019/20 following Covid-19 school closure.
Covid 19 Catch-Up Premium 2020/21
Following the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closure of schools, the government issued an amount of catch-up funding to all schools to support with closing gaps in learning. The amount of funding allocated is based on pupil numbers.
At Ark Blacklands we are receiving an allocation of £47,720
We have carefully considered the needs of our children when deciding how to allocate and spend our money. We have also used the government recommended, 'COVID-19 Support Guide for Schools' published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to identify the best strategies, based on long term research, that will enable us to achieve the most positive outcomes.