As a school, we believe issues around mental health represent the most significant barrier to learning for our pupils, their SEND notwithstanding. Many of our pupils are also vulnerable to potential future difficulties with their mental health. Covid, of course, and arrangements around it have only increased this risk.
The disturbance caused by Covid-19 has negatively impacted the level of progress made by our students, which has affected the reliability of our data in evaluating the progress made by students groups. In response, we have taken a different approach when determining this lot of Pupil Premium allocation.
We believe the more significant the complexity and need of our students, the greater their barriers to success. Therefore, our Pupil Premium has been matched across the school proportionately to student complexity and need.