The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils on the schools roll who have been:
- registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
- been in care for 6 months or longer
At Becton School, many of the pupils on our roll are eligible for pupil premium, however, because the over-whelming majority of pupils are on roll with their mainstream school, we do not receive their pupil premium. We only receive the pupil premium of the pupils who are fully on our roll.
This statement details our school’s use of pupil premium (and recovery premium for the 2021 to 2022 academic year) funding to help improve the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils. It outlines our pupil premium strategy, how we intend to spend the funding in this academic year and the effect that last year’s spending of pupil premium had within our school.
Please note, the 3 year plan and report below includes information regarding pupils who were previously on roll at our Kenwood site. These pupils are now on roll at Kenwood Academy due to a De-Amalagamation process which took place in January 2023. De-amalgamated versions for Becton School and Kenwood Academy will be present from September 2023.
Pupil Premium 3 Year Strategy Plan - Statement of Intent
Becton School is as unique as it is wonderful and as complex as it is caring. As a hospital school with a variety of provisions, our aim is to ensure that all children, whatever their medical needs and other needs, receive an outstanding education. Our pupils face multiple challenges and potential barriers to success, and socio-economic disadvantage is definitely a fundamental challenge, especially in terms of:
- Gaps in prior learning, low prior attainment and slower rates of progress
- Well-being, mental health, safeguarding and social and emotional aspects of learning
- Successful preparation for adulthood, including progression to future education, employment and training destinations
All of these challenges have been further exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had a disproportionate effect on the most vulnerable pupils, as detailed in numerous national studies published by a number of organisations (including the DFE and Ofsted).
Our ultimate objectives for our strategy are:
- Improve educational outcomes and quality of adult life for all pupils
- Provide an outstanding quality of education founded upon personalised, childcentred learning and development for all pupils
- Provide outstanding personal development and “wraparound” care for all pupils
Our key principles for our strategy are:
- Investing in the ongoing development of quality first teaching will have the most substantial impact on achievement for all pupils
- Ensuring that our approaches are an integral part of our curriculum provision will achieve the maximum, sustainable impact on achievement for all pupils
- Utilising the best and most up-to-date research and evidence to underpin our approaches will ensure that we achieve the maximum, sustainable impact on achievement for all pupils
- Consulting a wide range of statutory and non-statutory frameworks and independent, high-quality guidance and reviews will ensure that we achieve the maximum, sustainable impact on achievement for all pupils
This details the key challenges to achievement that we have identified among our disadvantaged pupils.
This explains the outcomes we are aiming for by the end of our current strategy plan, and how we will measure whether they have been achieved.