Pupil Equity Funding
The Pupil Equity Funding is an additional funding stream allocated directly to schools from the Scottish Government 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 2018/19 Balwearie High School allocated funding from PEF within the framework of "Interventions for Equity" and they include.
Reducing the cost of the school day by;
Offering free breakfasts
A discount on school uniform for our most deprived families
Reducing costs for pupils taking practical subjects i.e Technology, Art and Home economics
2 Breakfast Clubs - 1 in Pupil support and 1 in the DAS unit
A Free and Healthy Breakfast club is open every morning in the Pupil Support department from 8.30 a.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
To establish partnerships to enhance the curriculum for our most vulnerable pupils
To raise the attainment and life chances of our SIMD 1 and 2 pupils.
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 for each pupil
Working in small groups for BGE pupils and for Senior Phase pupils a chance to gain Construction skills with Fife Council employability team .
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 which enhances pupils’ access to digital technology.
Supporting departments with costs for Pupils in SIMD 1 and 2 to access Educational trips ensuring Equity for all.
Purchasing a Poly Tunnel, Raised beds and a tool shed for the main school and the DAS unit so all groups can grow fruit and vegetables then cook food with their own produce, learning skills for life post school.
Addressing the appearance of the main entrance to the school by the purchase of new Notice boards: the focus being on providing valuable information for parents, the public and displaying national and local health and wellbeing information for pupils.
Enhancing learning provision through staff training and providing Mindfulness sessions for Staff and pupils
PEF has allowed the Maths department to purchase Sumdog which is an adaptive electronic learning package which research has shown aids closing the gap
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.
PEF has allowed the purchase of resources such as The Book Box 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.