Pupil Premium - 2020/21
Context and Vision
In 2020-2021, the estimated pupil premium budget for Burntwood School is £500,000. This budget is utilised by the school to ensure we support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in making the best possible progress.
The Department for Education (DfE) identifies “disadvantaged” students as:
- Eligible for Free School Meals or have been in the last six years;
- Looked After Children (LAC), or those who have previously been looked after by the state, but are now adopted or are subject to a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order.
- Children with parents in the Armed Forces.
The Government provides funding, the Pupil Premium, to allow schools to put interventions into place to try and close the gap between disadvantaged students and their peers (DfE 2018). The government also allocates funding called the ‘Catch-Up’ premium; for all Year 7 students who enter secondary school below expected outcomes in English and Mathematics. Theis funding has been replaced with the 'COVID Catch-up' premium and is estimated to be £108,000 for 2020/2021.
In 2019, a report published by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) found that disadvantaged pupils in England still fall behind their more affluent peers in terms of their academic achievement. In 2018 the disadvantaged gap widened by 0.6 per cent. The Progress 8 score for disadvantaged students nationally is -0.44 whereas for non-disadvantaged students it is 0.13. ‘If current slow rates of progress in gap narrowing are maintained, the gap in English and Mathematics would take well over 100 years to close’ (EPI, 2018).
Burntwood School is committed to ensuring every young person in our community achieves their potential whilst studying at the school, irrespective of their socio-economic background. Our vision goes well beyond simply narrowing the attainment gap. We are determined to ensure that all students have the qualifications, attributes and cultural capital to succeed in Higher Education and employment.