At The Academy of Central Bedfordshire, we want to ensure that each student is given every opportunity to leave our school with the skills, knowledge and accreditation they need to start the next stage of learning journey confidently.
We make every effort to ensure that disadvantaged students receive outstanding support. The Department for Education (DfE) provides additional Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) to all schools based on the number of students eligible for Free School Means (FSM) and the number of students who are looked after (CLA) or those who have left care and are now adopted or under a special guardianship or child arrangements order. The aim of the PPG is to support schools in raising the achievement of the most disadvantaged students. As a school, we recognise that it is not the funding itself that will improve the achievement and attainment, but how we use it. The DfE expects us to use PPG appropriately and to be accountable for the decisions we make. At The Academy of Central Bedfordshire, we ensure the efficient management of PPG and this leads to the effective deployment of staff and resources to the benefit of all groups of students. Our objectives for spending the PPG are to raise engagement, attainment, and well-being.
We believe that it is difficult to spend the PPG on the improvement of teaching and learning without the benefits impacting upon other students. Equally it is morally difficult to exclude a student who is not on FSM from accessing initiatives if they could clearly benefit from them. However, we are also clear in the way that interventions are targeted to ensure FSM students benefit from PPG. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (HMI) has advised that as long as schools can show they have narrowed the gap between eligible students and others and the PPG has contributed to this, then the PPG may also have an impact on non-eligible students.