The Pupil Premium Grant 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), and pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the previous six years. There is a slightly larger amount allocated for children who have been adopted from care, and a smaller amount allocated according to the children of service families (for mentoring and emotional support), and an allocation for each pupil who has been ‘Looked After’ by the Local Authority in the previous 12 months.
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, but there is an expectation that the grant should be used to ensure that all disadvantaged pupils are supported in making progress, with the majority of pupils reaching the expected standard in English and Maths. Schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support the education of pupils from low-income families.
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. Where we identify these children are falling behind the expected level of progress or where we feel they are not achieving their potential, which may be more than this, targeted intervention programmes are delivered.
How we use Pupil Premium funding at Bowdon Church School
Supporting Vulnerable Groups
We have a small number of pupils who are disadvantaged as a result of family circumstances. One of the major barriers to learning for some of our more vulnerable pupils is the emotional issues they may face and the effect this has on their attitude to school. We prioritise the use of our Pupil Premium Grant to not only support pupils academically through focused literacy and numeracy interventions, but also to support them emotionally. Our Pastoral Team provides a mentoring service to our more vulnerable children, including those on PPG, increasing self esteem and improving their attitude to education.
Pupil Premium funding can be used to ensure one to one attention for learning support and help with misunderstandings and 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 and to offer emotional and mental health support. Furthermore, the pastoral team in school support children on a daily basis, ranging from 1:1 emotional support and group sessions, to structured play activities and emotional coaching, including self regulation.
Supporting Curricular and Extra-curricular activities
We also 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 importantly, Pupil Premium is also used to provide equal opportunities by supporting attendance at school clubs, together with assisting with the financial pressure of funding uniforms and 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. 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.
Pupil Premium - April 2021 to March 2022
The impact of Pupil Premium funding during 2019-21 is typically assessed in the summer term and presented to Governors in the Autumn term. Due to Covid restrictions and remote learning, this did not happen. Governors will be presented with an up-to-date report on pupil premium money spent in February 2022.
At the end of the academic year 2020-21, the school received £26,970 in Pupil Premium Funding, which the expenditure figures below are based on.
IQFT strategies including Precision Teach, RWI Phonics scheme and Behaviour Management £5,000
1:1 or small group support for the specific needs of some children
to provide specialist social and mental health support e.g. play therapy, ELSA training, pastoral support
to provide therapeutic intervention around sensory needs
to provide equality (support with trips, uniform - £100 per child + additional support with financing residential trips - FSM children only)
In 2021-22 we have 26 pupils eligible for £36,970 in Pupil Premium funding. Of this, £16,795 is yet to be allocated to school, due to the timing of the school census coinciding with school registrations.
Impact from school years 2019-21
Several children, for whom the school is in receipt of Pupil Premium, received play therapy and/or sensory therapy, lego therapy and 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. Many children also received significant pastoral support.
All children are making steady progress with some increasing the level of progress in at least one area. 39% 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.
- The school has also liaised with secondary schools to attempt to ensure continuity of provision.
Is your child eligible for the Pupil Premium?
All children who currently qualify for free school meals based on their family circumstances are entitled to pupil premium. This applies if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Universal credit (provided you have an income of £7,400 or less a year after tax, not including any benefits)
- Income support
- Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit
- Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
Children who are or have been in care, and children who have a parent who is or was in the armed forces, are also entitled to pupil premium.
In addition, pupils who have qualified for free school meals on the above grounds in the past, but are no longer eligible, continue to receive pupil premium for the next six years.
Schools are responsible for recording the children who are eligible for pupil premium in their annual school census - you don't have to do anything yourself, other than making sure you return any paperwork that relates to the benefits you receive or your child's entitlement to free school meals.
If your child qualifies for free school meals or has at any point in the past six years, it’s important that you tell school – even if they're in Reception or KS1 and receive universal school meals for infant pupils, or are in KS2 and take a packed lunch – as this enables us to claim pupil premium.
- Children in Reception to Year 6 who are currently entitled to free school meals based on their family income: £1345 per pupil, per school year
- Children in Reception to Year 6 who were previously entitled to benefits-based free school meals, even if they're no longer eligible: £1345 per pupil, per school year, for six years after they stopped qualifying for free school meals
- Children in care: £2345 per pupil, per school year
- Children previously in care who have been adopted, or who have a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order: £2345 per pupil, per school year
- Children recorded as being from service families: £310 per pupil, per school year
To apply for the Pupil Premium, please see this website page: Trafford Council Free School Meals