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Pupil Premium  - April 2016 to March 2017


The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools in addition to main school funding. It is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), any pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the previous six years, a slightly larger amount for children who have been adopted from care, a smaller amount allocated according to the number of children of service families, and an allocation for each pupil who has been ‘Looked After’ (in care) for 6 months or more. 


It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.

Below is a summary of how the pupil premium is being used at Bowdon Church School:


The school has a small number of children who are eligible for this funding.  Each child has been evaluated to assess their individual needs and their pupil premium has been allocated accordingly.


How we use Pupil Premium funding at Bowdon Church School

We have a number of pupils who are disadvantaged as a result of family circumstances.  This can impact upon the child's learning due to circumstances which prevent appropriate support from home.  Pupil Premium funding can be used to ensure one to one attention for reading support and help with corrections.  Intervention groups are in place to support language development, English and Maths.  Groups giving help with social development and nurturing help children who have been affected by family breakup, tragedy or issues around adoption and loss.  All of these emotional factors can impact on attainment and are a valuable part of the support offered by school.  One to one therapy is provided by counsellors when needed and this is used to address individual issues as mentioned above and when when required, for behaviour therapy.


In addition we feel that our enrichment programme should be available to  children whose families are unable to financially support these opportunities.  Priority is always given to supporting learning but where possible Pupil Premium is used to give equality of opportunity and to support attendance at school clubs, together with relieving the financial pressure of funding school trips.


The progress of all children in school is tracked termly, with special attention being given tot he progress of children in receipt of Pupil Premium.  A breakdown of the use of Pupil Premium is presented to governors for approval during the Autumn Term and in governors' meetings with a focus on teaching and learning, the progress of these pupils is evaluated.  The aim is for barriers to attainment to be lessened and for all children to have the best opportunity to increase their rate of progress and meet or exceed expectations for their age group.  Pupils' well-being is given equal consideration, as is the development of strategies to give the best opportunities for success in their future education.


The impact of Pupil Premium funding during 2016-17 will be assessed in the summer term and presented to Governors in the Autumn term 2017.



At the start of the school year 2016 – 17, the school had pupils eligible to receive £18,900 in Pupil Premium funding.


1:1 or small group support for the specific needs of some children


to provide equality of opportunity based on need e.g. instrumental lessons, clubs and school trips (including residential)


to provide emotional and behavioural support


to ensure additional support for the class (where it is inappropriate or not desirable for the child to be singled out).  In this instance note is made of the individual child’s progress within that lesson and additional support given if necessary




The school has also liaised with secondary schools to attempt to ensure continuity of provision.


Impact from 2015-16


  • All of the children Rec. – Y6 (2015-6 year groups) made at least the expected rate of progress.  50% of PP children are meeting or exceeding expectations in all areas, with a further 20% meeting expectations in some areas
  • Leavers in July 2016 achieved above national average in the Y6 SATs and all met expectations.  One child exceeded expectations in all areas, achieving an average standardised score of 116
  • Lego therapy, speech and language and Nurture (social development)groups have been established.  These are supporting a number of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium
  • Children have benefitted from equality of opportunity in terms of extra-curricular activities
  • Families have benefited from not feeling pressured to provide funding for school trips