Bolton-le-Sands Church of England Primary School, in common with all other local schools, receives its funding from the Government via Lancashire Local Authority.
One element of this funding is called the PUPIL PREMIUM.
Pupil Premium is the additional funding given to schools for pupils from disadvantage backgrounds to provide them with the best start in their education. The amount of this additional funding varies from school to school and is dependent on 3 factors: the number of children in school who are in care of the Local Authority (or recently adopted from care); the number of pupils who have an entitlement to a Free School Meal (this does not include those on the Infant School Meal programme) and the number of pupils who have a parent serving in the armed forces. This funding also incorporates the COVID Catch-Up Funding and the COVID Recovery Premium.
Our strategy is to ensure that all children make good or better progress – including those whose family circumstances generate Pupil Premium income for the school. Nationally, there is an “attainment gap” when children from differing socio-economic backgrounds are compared; this is also relevant to the gap created as a result of COVID – our goal is to do what we can here at BLS to bridge that gap where it exists.
The main barriers to educational achievement faced by some children at this school are around access to enriching activities, familial stress and, in a very few cases, attendance and lateness.
The progress of children from different ‘groups’ is carefully tracked, provision is made for a flexible arrangement of support and class teachers identify/review the specific needs of children.
The impact of Pupil Premium funding is reviewed at the end of each academic year.
It is worth noting that Pupil Premium Funding is notified to school prior to the time Governors agree the school budget, usually in January or February prior to budgets being agreed from the following April. This structure is at odds with the school year which begins in September and ends in August each year. Therefore, progress measures at the end of a school year will be most directly influenced by PPG funding from the previous two year.
Last financial year 2020-2021 (April 2020 – March 2021) the school was allocated £47,300 (£37,920 Pupil Premium Grant and £9,380 funding to support children in the care of the local authority or adopted from care).
The Governors agreed that the funding should be used to enable targeted intervention to support individual learners and groups of children as well as to support their social, emotional and mental health. The funding was used to:
- Provide excellent pastoral and family support through the employment of our Learning Mentor, including support with bereavement, family breakdown, attendance issues as well as social and emotional support.
- Provide time for teachers, and our SENDCo, to support individuals and/or groups of pupils as a core component of our provision mapping.
- Provide time for our SENDCo to coordinate quality provision for short-term intervention in an effort to combat gaps in learning as a result of COVID.
- Provide additional hours of Teaching Assistant time to support key pupils with their academic and social and emotional progress.
- Provide support with technology to overcome barriers that would otherwise reduce pupil engagement with remote learning.
The impact of the provision above has been:
- Pupils have resettled and reintegrated into school, post COVID lockdowns, well and effectively.
- Pupils who required further support have been identified quickly with support put in place to effectively overcome their barriers to learning.
- Pupils continue to make progress, from their starting points, and are able to work within the classroom setting.
- Effective intervention planned and in place, as a result of provision mapping involving all staff.
- A key area for development identified for forthcoming years where Teaching Assistants have access to quality training and support to enable them to effectively support pupils at the point of learning.
For this financial year (2021 – 2022), the school is developing a three-year pupil premium strategy to enable the school to closely monitor the impact of the funding over a longer period of time. Please use the link below to access the overview of this statement which, when complete and agreed by governors, will be published online.