Barriers to Educational Achievement in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
Barking and Dagenham is the 22nd most deprived authority in England and many families in the borough are either on low incomes, where full-time salaries are lower than any other authority in London, or they are dependent on benefits. More than a fifth of working age residents in the borough claim at least one type of benefit, compared to the national average of one in seven. Housing benefit claimant levels are high and have increased by 12% since 2008. Almost a third of households rent through either a housing association or the Council and house prices and average rent levels remain the lowest in London. The rate of unemployment is high, at 5%, and has risen faster in the last two years than it has across London and the UK. Child poverty levels are the 9th highest for any authority in the UK and 36% of children are living below the poverty line. Across the borough over a quarter of school pupils are eligible for Free School Meals compared to 18% nationally (evidence taken from ‘Summary Needs Assessment- Barking and Dagenham’s Children and Young People’s Plan 2011 – 2016’). The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Education Strategy 2014-2017 document reports that approximately one in three children (34%) in Barking and Dagenham are born into poverty, higher than the national average of one in five. The borough has the highest rate of domestic violence in London.
The Use of the Pupil Premium Grant at Dorothy Barley Junior Academy
Dorothy Barley Junior Academy serves a richly diverse community with over 40 languages spoken at the school. 46% of our pupils have English as an Additional Language with 64% being from Minority Ethnic groups and 36% White British. 13% of our children are SEND. Last year 45% of our pupils were deemed eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant.
We have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we are determined to ensure that all our children are given every chance to realise their full potential.
Background to Pupil Premium Funding
The pupil premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. This fixed amount of money is expected to increase every year for the course of this current Parliament. At Dorothy Barley Junior Academy we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to ‘close the gap’ regarding attainment.
Our Approach to Pupil Premium
The money has been ring-fenced and will used to benefit all pupil premium pupils. We have established clear lines of responsibility with a member of the senior leadership team and a link governor taking responsibility for Pupil Premium. We do this by:
- Providing short term intervention programmes for underachieving pupils and those with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).
- Providing additional adult support for pupils in Year 6.
- Providing new resources that will support learning and teaching in and out of the classroom.
- To provide part time Therapeutic Counselling support for pupils.
- To provide online learning materials for Reading and mathematics (available 24/7) from outside the school network.
- Making sure that all children have full access to a daily diet of at least good teaching.
- Ensuring adults are deployed defectively to support those children most ‘in need’.
All staff are aware of areas for development in the school in terms of subjects, year groups and they know which children are focus children.
Money is used to benefit all pupil premium children and supports higher as well as lower ability children by extending provision on offer.
We have rigorous assessment and monitoring systems to support improvement in the quality of teaching and interventions in order to maximise impact. Our team leader system enables us to be more responsive and frequent support such as team teaching, planning, one to one training and CPD.
Pupil Premium Funding : Who qualifies?
Please see the attached information below about who can apply and what the school gives to successful applicants. If you think you qualify the school office can help you with the forms or you can complete one online at the following web address:
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