Pupil Equity Funding
The Pupil Equity Funding is an additional funding stream allocated directly to schools and targeted at closing the poverty related attainment gap.
Pupil Equity Funding must enable schools to deliver activities, interventions or resources which are clearly additional to those which were already planned.
Although the Pupil Equity Funding is allocated on the basis of Free School meal eligibility Funding must provide targeted support for children and young people affected by poverty to achieve their full potential.
Funding is focused on activities and interventions that lead to improvements in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing, leadership, learning and teaching, links with Communities and Families.
For 2017/18 Balwearie High School allocated funding from PEF within the framework of “Interventions for Equity “and they included;
A Breakfast Club
A Free Breakfast club is open every morning in the Pupil Support department from 8.30a.m and pupils can also grab a take away breakfast if they are running late and do not have time to sit in for Breakfast .
Balwearie Raising Attainment Groups B.R.A.G
Various projects have been created to raise the attendance, attainment and inclusion of pupils in all year groups. see the BRAG page for more details
Pupils who have English as another language: EAL
Employing extra staff to deliver support to our EAL pupils and purchasing dictionaries
Building Infrastructure for the future
Purchasing the latest I.T resources for our P.E department, the DAS/ Department of Additional Support and the Maths department. Installing Wi Fi boosters in these areas
Supporting department with costs for educational trips e.g. English .Home Economics.
Purchasing a Poly Tunnel, Raised beds and a tool shed for the main school and the DAS unit so all groups can grow their own fruit and vegetables and learn life skills .
Enhancing learning provision through staff training
The purchase of Sumdog which is an adaptive electronic learning package which research has shown aids closing the gap
Maths Mats, Numeracy Posters for every classroom
Show boards and the general upgrading of Numeracy resources will benefit the targeted groups and provide resources for different pedagogy styles, allowing all to develop interest, enthusiasm, learning in numeracy, supporting access to other areas of the curriculum.
The Purchase of the “ book box 2 which develops a range of reading skills and pupils can work their way through the colour coded levels acquiring different skills and confidence.
The Barrington Stoke books are specifically targeted at dyslexic or poor readers. They have a reading age level of 6-8, but content appropriate for early teens.
Addressing the poor aesthetic appearance of the main entrance to the school by the purchase of Notice boards: the focus being on displaying valuable parental information and national and local health and wellbeing information for pupils
Purchasing badges and supporting the Pupil Council plan a visit to the Scottish Parliament