Our Core Values
At Balcarras we believe that every student should achieve to the best of their ability. Education is absolutely crucial to the life chances of all young people, so we take the responsibility of ensuring that each student has access to a high quality provision very seriously. We recognise that children come from different backgrounds and receive varying levels of support at home. We believe that all students should be encouraged to aim high and we actively seek to establish a positive ethos based on the simple principle that every student should try their best.
The Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Our Pupil Premium Funding
- Balcarras received £46,000 Pupil Premium funding for 2012-13
- Balcarras received £73,000 Pupil Premium funding for 2013-14
- Balcarras received £81,000 Pupil premium funding for 2014-15
- Balcarras received £76,670 Pupil premium funding for 2015-16
- Balcarras received £79,830 Pupil premium funding for 2016-17
We utilise it many different ways to enhance opportunities for eligible learners in our school. Some of the ways we spend it are:
- Additional groups in English and Maths
- Intervention groups to help children with specific identified needs, putting them at risk of underachievement
- Specific revision programmes to boost performance in English and Maths
- Literacy intervention programme
- Funding of additional teaching assistant time to support more vulnerable children
- School visits and trips, an important aspect of education, are subsidised by the pupil premium to ensure no child misses out.
- Help given from time to time with the other costs that families may incur
Progress 8 is the key performance measure indicating the progress pupils have made from the end of Key Stage 2 to the end of Key Stage 4.
Progress 8 of disadvantaged pupils in 2017 was 0.26, above the national figure for both disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils.