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. This 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 the care of the local authority, the number who have an entitlement to a free school meal[this does not apply to infant children, all of whom are entitled to a free school meal], (for a minimum of 1 day during the previous 6 years) and the number who have a parent serving in the armed forces.
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 – 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 felixible arrangement of support and class teachers identify/review the speciific 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 form the following April. This structure is at odds with the school year which begins in September and ends in August each year. Therefore, progress measure at the end of a school year will be most directly influenced by PPG funding from the previous two year.
Last financial year 2017/18 (April 2017 – March 2018) we were allocated £50,420 and the Governors agreed that the funding should be used to enable targeted intervention to support individual learners and groups of children. The funding was used to continue to provide the excellent support offered by our Learning Mentor, to provide time for teachers (including our SENDCO) to support individuals as a core component of our provision mapping. Analysis of pupil progress and attainment from the school year ending July 2017 shows that children receiving this support make good or better progress and are attaining well. In addition, a significant sum was spent on supporting 2 x children in the Reception cohort with additional needs. Two temporary specialist teaching assistants were appointed from October 2017 until December 2017 and to July 2018 to address the unmet needs of these children pending statutory assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan. Please click here for an analysis of attainment of children identified as disadvantaged in school at the end of the 2017/18 school year.
The end of KS2 (2018) measures of progress in Mathematics, Reading and Writing were all significantly above national averages, as was the mean scaled score of KS2 children in these subjects. This indicates that all children, including those whose family circumstances generate PP funding, do well in our school.
This financial year’s (April 2018 – March 2019) allocation is £52,480 (£44, 880 Pupil Premium Grant plus £7600 funding to support children formerly in the care of a local authority) . This funding is targeted on those disadvantaged pupils whose additional needs require support. This support is offered via carefully planned interventions (by teachers, our learning mentor and by teaching assistants), by subsidising educational visits and enrichment activities, by arranging nurture assessment and support and by the provision of family support and learning. Funding is also used for relevant training and assessment by an educational psychologist. In addition (see paragraph above), considerable funding has been used to support the needs of two very children who joined school in the Reception classes in September 2017.