Our pupils are wonderful, full of character and our brilliant and professional staff work hard to ensure that every child makes good progress and thrives. We have the highest of aspirations for all of our pupils and have evolved an approach that puts Quality First Teaching and bespoke provision at its heart. We have developed and continue to evolve a broad and rich curriculum designed to support and extend all, whilst mitigating the needs of those that may face barriers to learning.
We recognise that there may be distinct social and emotional barriers for Service Pupils and barriers such as opportunity, resources and access for those that may have experienced disadvantage and so we use the additional funding we receive to mitigate this and ensure all children make good academic and social and emotional progress.
Our school of approximately 200 pupils has a diverse population with 73% of pupils with Pupil Premium. (59% Service Pupils & 14% FSM ) in a semi-rural context.
At Bovington, we avoid labelling our pupils but take time to get to know them really well to understand their backgrounds and their individual needs. We recognise that for some pupils it is the intersectionality of several complex factors that generates barriers or challenges for them.
Approximately 16% of the pupil population are on our SEND register with 2/3 of these having Social Emotional Mental Health Needs having experienced the challenges of moving schools, reforming friendships and coping with significant changes and challenges in their lives. In addition, many of our children face the common barriers for PP children. The challenges are varied and there is no “one size fits all”. To this end we have adapted our provision and curriculum offer to ensure that our school is designed to support the needs of these pupils and all the pupils that come to Bovington.
What is Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium is a government scheme that was introduced in 2011 to improve the education of underprivileged children. It was launched after several research papers suggested that there was a significant gap between the educational performance of disadvantaged children and their classmates. In contrast to the rest of their classmates, many children who are eligible for pupil premium have to face extra challenges daily. These challenges can include attendance issues, lack of confidence and difficulty communicating with others.
The scheme aims to grant schools extra funding so that they’re able to provide additional support for children who are faced with these types of challenges. Its objective is to help schools unlock the learning potential of their pupils and provide them with a better education. It also aspires to narrow the gap in educational development between children of underprivileged backgrounds and their peers.
Schools must publish their strategy for using the pupil premium on their website.
Service Pupil Premium
What is the Service Pupil Premium?
The Department for Education introduced the Service Pupil Premium (SPP) in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant.
State schools, academies and free schools in England, which have children of service families in school years Reception to Year 11, can receive the SPP funding. It is designed to assist the school in providing the additional support that these children may need and is currently worth £310 per service child who meets the eligibility criteria.
How Service Pupil Premium (SPP) differs from the Pupil Premium (PP)
The SPP is there for schools to provide mainly pastoral support for service children, whereas the pupil premium (PP) was introduced to raise attainment and accelerate progress within disadvantaged groups.