Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that targets additional funding at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their peers. The Pupil Premium is provided in order to narrow the gap between these pupils.

At Northern Counties School we have chosen to use pupil premium funding to benefit our pupils in line with their own individual areas of need as identified within their Education, Health and Care Plans.

We continue to experience considerable difficulties in receiving any of the allocated amount for each eligible pupil from Local Authorities. Despite this, as a matter of principle we that the needs of our pupils are fully net and have allocated funds to ensure that no pupil experiences disadvantage as a result of not receiving additional funding.

2018-19

Northern Counties School used pupil premium to help fund:

  • Music therapy to support early communication skills
  • Sensory activities to help child remain in a regulated state
  • Specialist clothing and bedding
  • IT equipment – laptop, iPad communication aids
  • Off site learning at a local college to support transition into next phase

2017-18

Northern Counties School used pupil premium to help fund:

  • Training to support pupils’ mental health and wellbeing
  • Specialist seating
  • An iPad, accessories and software for use as a communication aid
  • Ball pool and other sensory integration equipment
  • Music therapy to support early communication skills
  • TEACHH busy boxes and other teaching resources to support pupils with ASD

2016-17

Northern Counties School used pupil premium to help fund:

  • Community visits to support autistic and deaf students’ independence and social skills
  • A mobility and habilitation expert  and Braille labelling to support blind students’ independence
  • Creation of a ‘calm’ zone for a blind and autistic student
  • Purchase of Eye Gaze software to support PMLD pupils’ communication
  • Purchase of sensory equipment to support autistic students’ emotional regulation
  • Introduction of the ‘Talkabout programme for teenagers to support behaviour
  • A touch screen laptop for a student with multi-sensory impairment

2015-16

Northern Counties School used pupil premium received (£6,675 of the £8,110 expected) to help fund:

  • Community visits to support autistic and deaf students’ communication and social skills
  • An allotment project to develop physical, numeracy and planning skills
  • Sensory equipment to support a blind pupil’s emotional regulation
  • Hippotherapy to develop balance and functional movement
  • Eye Gaze technology to develop communication skills for a student with PMLD
  • Inclusion opportunities with Design Technology

Please click on the link below to look at the impact of pupil premium on pupil achievement.

Pupil premium data 2015-16

Pupil premium data 2016-17

Pupil premium data 2017-18