Beckfoot Trust is an organisation that links a group of local Bradford schools together so that they can collectively improve the life chances for young people within their schools. Our aim is to create a group of truly remarkable schools each with a genuine comprehensive intake. They will be wonderful places for young people to learn and grow up in. We want to make a difference. We want to create something special.




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Pupil Premium Funding

Click here for our Pupil Premium Strategy - Pupil premium strategy 2023/2024

Pupil Premium Funding or Grant - What is it?

Publicly funded schools, i.e.. Beckfoot Phoenix, get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils, however schools can also spend their pupil premium on pupils who do not meet the eligibility criteria but need extra support.

Eligibility and Funding 

Schools get pupil premium funding based on the number of pupils they have in January each year from the following groups:

Every pupil who claims free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years.

Every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.

Local authorities get the same amount for each child they are looking after.  They must work with the school to decide how the money is used to support the child’s Personal Education Plan.

Schools also receive 'service premium' to help with pastoral support for 

Every pupil with a parent who: 

  • is serving in HM Forces
  • has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence
Who has responsibility for Pupil Premium funding?
Headteacher Overall responsibility for ensuring that PP funding is deployed effectively.
SENCO Specific needs resulting from EHCP and annual targets.
Assistant head Training needs within departments to improve attainment of PP pupils.
Middle leaders/Class teachers In class needs to reduce barriers to learning
School community support coordinator Ensuring access to learning opportunities, and access where appropriate to out of school activities.

How to Use of Pupil Premium 

The guidance states that 'it is up to school leaders to decide how to spend pupil premium because school leaders are best placed to access their pupils' needs and use funding to improve attainment'.  (

At Beckfoot Phoenix, we take our responsibility for improving the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils very seriously.  As school leaders, we make decisions on how we plan to spend the funding using very robust self-evaluations of progress and attainment in the previous years. 

We track and monitor the impact of the pupil premium funding through assessments, meetings, and reviews. 

Attached is the planned spend for the 2023-2024.  Please contact the school office if you require any further information.  

How is the Beckfoot Trust Local School Committee and the Board of Directors informed about PP pupils?

  • School leaders meet regularly with the Trust's Central Improvement Team to discuss progress and to measure the impact of the pupil premium funding strategy. 
  • School leaders report Pupil Premium to the Trust Local School Committee meetings which is attended by a Director of the Trust who will feed back information to the Board of Directors