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Drumbeat School & ASD Service

Pupil Premium 2015-2016 Report/Policy Statement 

Update September 2016.

In common with other Special schools, Drumbeat school recognises that the majority of its pupils face barriers to learning far greater than those imposed by financial deprivation. Due to their needs all pupils at Drumbeat are vulnerable. We strive to ensure that the Pupil Premium funding is used to narrow gaps in achievement by whatever means necessary. However, we also believe it is appropriate to use the funding to support other pupils who have significant areas of vulnerability, where this can be achieved in tandem with the provision made for Pupil Premium pupils.

Our pupil premium allocation for this year is £88, 810. This is based on 37 primary aged pupils receiving £1320 = £48,840 and 42 secondary aged pupils receiving £935 = £39,270.

We have committed £15,000 of the pupil premium funding to ensuring that all pupils eligible are not asked to contribute towards educational visits and opportunities for learning outside the classroom but that they access these activities as a priority. These have included the Challenger Troop program, Residential visits at each key stage, Horse riding, Theatre trips to name a few. The impact of pupils accessing these has been on raising their confidence and self esteem leading to improvements in behaviour and learning.

We also commit £20,000 of pupil premium funding towards paying for a behaviour counsellor to support pupils and their families struggling in this area. The impact of this has been a reduction of incidents in behaviour both at home and school through the specialist counsellor working closely with the family and class team on individual strategies and interventions to help pupils manage their own behaviour appropriately.

In addition to this we also commit £7,500 of funding to ensuring all staff working with our pupils are highly skilled in helping pupils to manage their own behaviour, with a focus on de-escalating and distracting techniques for behaviours as and when they occur.

As a school we believe that therapeutic input greatly benefits our pupils with autism. We employ a team of school based therapists and dedicate a proportion of our pupil premium funding (46,310) in order for us to do so.


Success Criteria



Learning Outside the Classroom (+ 3 months Outdoor Adventure Learning)

Students to have rich cultural experiences

Raised self-esteem reflected in behaviour and learning improvements


Behaviour Counsellor (+4 months Behaviour Interventions)

Students and families to receive direct support to target behaviours affecting the individual and family.

Improved quality of life for individual pupils and their families


Staff Training in Team Teach (+8 months Meta-cognition and Sel-regulation)

All staff to have received the same level of training in behaviour management

Reduction in incidents of behaviour across the school due to staff using skills gained to deliver a consistent approach


School based Therapy Team - SaLT, OT, CP, MT (+4 months Small Group Tuition) 

Pupils to have access to therapeutic input to support their learning and remove barriers

All pupils to be making expected progress or better as a result of early intervention and focus groups to support learning


Value added based on research provided by Education Endowment Foundation & Sutton Trust.

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil premium was introduced by the Government to provide additional funding to address the gap in educational attainment and long-term economic well being between socially disadvantaged children and young people compared to their peers. Socially disadvantaged pupils have been defined as pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) at some point in the last six years and children who have been in care for more than six months. Currently schools will receive an additional £1320 for Reception to Year 6 and £935 for Year 7 to 11 pupils (in 2015-16). 

Principles for supporting socially disadvantaged pupils:

  • At Drumbeat School and ASD service we ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are specifically assessed and addressed.
  • In considering provision for socially disadvantaged pupils we recognise that not all pupils eligible for FSM will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are eligible for free school meals.

Provision for 2015-2016

Context 2015 - 2016:

Number of Pupils on roll


Number of Pupils eligible for FSM over the past six years


% of Drumbeat pupils eligible for Pupil Premium


Total Amount of Pupil Premium 2015-2016


Deployment and training of relevant staff to support the curriculum and provide additional targeted support to priority groups:




Challenger Troop Groups


Improve behaviour and raise self esteem

School based therapy provision

  • S&L
  • OT
  • Music Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology


Students will continue to receive direct coordinated services to meet their individual needs and enable access to the curriculum and increased progress, including support from the school based clinical psychologist

Specialist English Teacher – 2 days a week


Raise standards and enable pupils to reach their full potential in an accredited pathways

Specialist Maths Teacher – 2 days a week


Raise standards and enable pupils to reach their full potential in an accredited pathways

Learning Den facilitator


Pupil behaviour managed and reduction of serious incidents evidenced through behaviour recording system

Young Lewisham Project


Engagement for harder to reach pupils. Raised self esteem and sense of achievement

Expressive Arts curriculum enrichment to support a whole-school approach to personal, moral and spiritual development:




Dulwich Picture Gallery visiting artist for 10 days across the year


All primary students will receive input from a professional artist and work collaboratively on a project

Storytelling artist facilitating performance at venues such as; Westminister Abbey, St Mary-Le-Bow & Rochester Cathedral


Students experience feelings of awe and wonder at performing in iconic venues

Resident artists, 10 days across the school year, supporting teachers to enhance pupil access to the curriculum through songs written by individual and small groups of pupils


Supporting teachers to enhance pupil access to the curriculum through performance using a range of media, including creating video clips, produced for lasting impact.

Residential school journey £5000

Students will have the opportunity to be immersed in a 24-hour curriculum where they will gain new experiences which will have a lasting impact.  

Horse riding (contribution) £5,354 Engagement, enjoyment and achievement. Opportunity open to all primary pupils.