Pupils are referred to the Forwards Centre because they are struggling to access mainstream education. Children are more likely to present with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs if they are experiencing a number of risk factors. These risk factors are cumulative and act as a barrier to pupils accessing education and making good progress (Department for Education, 2018). These risk factors/barriers may include:

  • Low cognitive ability and learning disabilities 
  • Specific development delay or neuro-diversity
  • Communication difficulties 
  • Physical illness 
  • Low self-esteem
  • Overt parental conflict including domestic violence
  • Family breakdown (including where children are taken into care or adopted) 
  • Inconsistent or unclear discipline
  • Hostile and rejecting relationships
  • Failure to adapt to a child’s changing needs 
  • Physical, sexual, emotional abuse, or neglect
  • Parental psychiatric illness
  • Parental criminality, alcoholism or personality disorder
  • Death and loss – including loss of friendship
  • Breakdown in or lack of positive relationships
  • Peer pressure
  • Socio-economic disadvantage
  • Homelessness
  • Discrimination
  • Exploitation, including by criminal gangs and organised crime groups, trafficking, online abuse, sexual exploitation and the influences of extremism leading to radicalisation
  • Other significant life events

It must be noted that this is not an exhaustive list.

The Pupil Premium funding we received this year was used to provide:

  • A pastoral learning mentor to coordinate the work of services around a child and family to provide a personalised approach to mitigating the barriers listed above. 
  • Access to counselling aimed at improving the engagement of children through individual/group counselling with pupils/families. 
  • New children with uniform with the aim of supporting a sense a welcome, acceptance and belonging on arrival the centre. 
  • Fruit and healthy snacks for breakfast and at break times in order to improve the sense of belonging by ensuring that the children come together as a group to eat when they arrive in the centre
  • A range of cultural opportunities in order to increase engagement and enjoyment with the ultimate aim of developing cultural capital.

The impact of the Pupil Premium Grant is judged through increased engagement; a reduction in maladaptive behaviour; progress against academic and non-academic targets; improved attendance and wellbeing. The impact of the 2020-2021 Pupil Premium Grant will be reviewed at the end of the academic year. 


Forwards Centre Pupil Premium

Forwards Centre Sport & PE Premium

Forwards Centre COVID Catch Up Grant