Each school is allocated money for children who are identified as requiring additional support to raise their attainment to an age-related level and to close the attainment gap between their performance and that of other pupils in the school. This Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is allocated on the basis of the number of children who are in receipt of free school meals and aims to support those children identified as being ‘disadvantaged’. We also receive additional funding linked to the number of children who are classed as ‘Looked After’, ‘Previously Looked After’ and children from families who serve in the Armed Forces. At Bacon Garth, we ensure that appropriate provision is made for all pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, regardless of whether they are in receipt of free school meals.
Evaluating the pupil premium’s impact in the 2019 to 2020 academic year presented inevitable difficulties because of reduced numbers of pupils having attended between March and July 2020. However, once all pupils returned to full-time education in September 2020, assessments were made of pupil progress, using the summer 2020 test materials. We have continued to formatively and summatively monitor the progress of our disadvantaged pupils throughout the 2020/21 academic year. Details of the school's proposal and utilisation of the Pupil Premium Grant during 2020/21 and the impact it had on pupil performance can be found in the documents below: