Pupil Premium (December 2017 update)
Context and vision
In 2017 a report published by the Education Policy Institute found that disadvantaged pupils in England still fall behind their more affluent peers in terms of their academic achievement. Whilst nationally the gap is gradually closing at a ‘very slow rate’, the study stated that 16 year old pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are, on average, 19 ‘academic’ months behind ‘non-disadvantaged’ pupils.
The government has identified ‘disadvantaged pupils’ as those who have received free school meals at some point in the past six years. There is allocated additional funding to schools for students in this category. In 2017-18, the estimated pupil premium budget for Burntwood School is £550,000. This budget is utilised by the school to ensure we support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in making the best possible progress.
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. In 2016, we successfully reduced the gap in academic performance between Pupil Premium and Non-Pupil Premium students to 18%. In 2017, this gap was reduced further with 55% of Pupil Premium students achieving 9-4 in English and Maths, compared with 68.8% for non-Pupil Premium students, leaving a gap of 13.8%.
However, 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.