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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium  - April 2019 to March 2020

 

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), 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 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 the education of 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 small 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. In addition we have groups giving help with social development and nurturing to 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 to offer emotional and mental health support.

 

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 assisting with the financial pressure of funding school trips.

 

The progress of all children in school is tracked termly, with special attention being given to the 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 2019-20 will be assessed in the summer term and presented to Governors in the Autumn term 2021.

 

At the start of the financial year 2019-20, the school had 14 pupils eligible to receive £19,420 in Pupil Premium funding.

 

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

 £5,870

to provide specialist social and mental health support e.g. play therapy

£7,500

to provide therapeutic intervention around sensory needs

£3,500

to provide equality (support with trips, uniform - £100 per child + additional support with financing residential trips - FSM children only)

£2,550

 

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

 

Impact from school year 2018-19

 
  • Several children, for whom the school is in receipt of Pupil Premium, received play therapy and/or sensory therapy, lego therapy, small group intervention aimed at social communication and emotional support.  These children have benefited greatly, as evidenced by their increased focus and good behaviour in class and in social situations.  

  • All children are making steady progress with some increasing the level of progress in at least one area. 64% of PP children have additional SEND needs requiring intervention support.

  • Children have benefited from equality of opportunity 

  • Families have benefited from not feeling pressured to provide all funding for school trips