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.
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 2019 was 0.32 this is well above the figure for disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils nationally. In 2020 this figure will not be calculated nationally and so as part of our internal procedures we have calculated an estimate of 0.72 based on previous years data.
We utilise it many different ways to enhance opportunities for eligible learners in our school. The Pupil Premium Strategy for the school, including spending and financial allocations, can all be found by clicking here.