The Government believes that the Pupil Premium Grant, introduced in 2011 and which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address underlying inequalities between children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the learners who need it most.
Pupil Premium is an additional grant given to learners who:
- have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years (£935)
- have been in care for more than six months (£1900) or adopted (of which £500 is retained by the Virtual Headteacher)
- have parents/carers in the armed services, who face particular challenges (£300)
We have been allocated £671,257 (£498,355 for Secondary learners, £172,920 for Primary learners) for the academic year 2016/2017. We received this money in regular instalments and these funds are in addition to the main school budget.
At Bradford Academy we have developed many robust intervention strategies over a number of years; all of which are designed to support each individual learner to achieve their potential. We constantly strive to ‘narrow the gap’ between different groups of learners and fulfil one of our core aims, “to raise standards for all learners by sustaining and enhancing performance and to develop the whole child”.
In addition our research and evidence base has enabled us to formulate a set of principles to guide our use of the Pupil Premium Grant
- We will ensure that Pupil Premium funding is spent on the target group.
- We will maintain high expectations of the target group.
- We will thoroughly analyse which pupils are under-achieving and endeavour to work out why.
- We will be relentless in our pursuit of high quality teaching, not interventions to compensate for poor teaching.
- We will use achievement data to check interventions are effective and make adjustments where necessary.
- We will have a senior leader with oversight of how PP funding is being spent.
- We will ensure that teachers know which pupils eligible for Pupil Premium.
- We will endeavour to demonstrate impact.
- We will have a named governor who will oversee and challenge our use of the Pupil Premium.
The documents provide details on how the allocated funding has been spent to support Pupil Premium Learners.
What is the Sports Premium?
The government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
Purpose of the funding
All schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but there is freedom to choose how we do it with in 6 main areas:
- hire specialist PE teachers
- hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
- provide existing staff with teaching resources to help them teach PE and sport
- support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
- run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- run sports activities with other schools
For the academic year 2015 – 2016 Bradford Academy received £9205 which was used to fund a range of sporting and exercise initiatives as detailed in the document below.
Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Grant
Since January 2013 we have been allocated Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium funding for every Year 7 student who has not achieved level 4 in reading and/or maths at Key Stage 2. Schools receive an additional premium of £500 for each Year 7 pupil who has not achieved at least level 4 in reading and/or maths (maximum £500 per pupil) at Key Stage 2. The money is to be used by schools to deliver additional tuition or intensive support in small groups, giving students valuable support to bring them up to speed so that they are more likely to succeed at secondary school.
Below are the Bradford Academy Trust Financial Statements
- Bradford Academy Financial Statements 2015
- Bradford Academy Financial Statements 2016
- Funding agreement from DCSF 21-12-09
- BA Financial Regulations