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 254 pupils has a diverse population with 79% of pupils with Pupil Premium. (62% Service Pupils & 17% FSM ) in a semi-rural context of historical low aspirations. Amongst this population are also children from high aspiration and professional families making for a rich and inclusive vibrant school. Pupil numbers constantly fluctuate and last year mobility was 49%.
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 in thriving at our school.
Just over a third 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 addition, many of our children face the common barriers for PP children of less support at home, weak language and communication skills, and lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties, or attendance and punctuality issues. There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing. 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 additional funding for publicly funded schools in England.
It’s designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers.
Funding for financial year 2019 to 2020
In the 2019 to 2020 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years. This will be £1,320 for pupils in reception to Year 6
Schools maintained by the local authority 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 £300 per service child who meets the eligibility criteria.
The purpose of the Service Pupil Premium
Eligible schools receive the SPP so that they can offer mainly pastoral support during challenging times and to help mitigate the negative impact on service children of family mobility or parental deployment.
How Service Pupil Premium differs from the Pupil Premium
The SPP is there for schools to provide mainly pastoral support for service children, whereas the Pupil Premium was introduced to raise attainment and accelerate progress within disadvantaged groups.
Schools should not combine SPP with the main Pupil Premium funding and the spending of each premium should be accounted for separately.
What could the Service Pupil Premium be used for?
In order to support the pastoral needs of service children, schools have flexibility over how they use the SPP, as they are best placed to understand and respond to the specific needs of those pupils for whom the funding has been allocated. The funding could be spent on providing a variety of means of support including counselling provision, nurture groups etc. SPP should not be used to subsidise routine school activity (trips, music lessons etc.)