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. 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 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 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 2018/19 (April 2018 – March 2019) we were allocated £45,780 (£31,680 Pupil Premium Grant and £13,800 funding to support children formerly in the care of the local authority) 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 2019 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 Y1 cohort with additional needs. These children have Educational Health and Care Plans and some of the PPG money was allocated to ensure they have full-time support, thus enabling them, and the other children in their class, to access all areas of the curriculum. The PPG money also enables us to pay for a non-teaching SENDCo (0.4) who works closely with children who have additional needs. Please click here for an analysis of attainment of children identified as disadvantaged in school at the end of the 2018/19 school year.
The end of KS2 (2019) measures of progress in Mathematics and Reading were positive with Writing being around national average. The average scaled score for all subjects was well above national average. This indicates that all children, including those whose family circumstances generate PPG funding, do well in our school.
This year, 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.