Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Department for Education provides additional funding to schools for pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals; pupils who are cared for and pupils with parents in the Armed Forces.

The Pupil Premium Grant is currently £1,320 for each pupil eligible for free school meals. The funding is intended to ‘diminish the difference’ between the attainment of pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium funding and those who are not.

Mrs Rosie Hemmings is our Pupil Premium Champion and Mrs Jane Woodward is the governor with responsibility for monitoring the use of the Pupil Premium Grant.

If you think your child might be eligible for free school meals, please contact the school office for further information.

How much Pupil Premium funding has been allocated for 2017/2018?

Bollington St. John’s School received a Pupil Premium Grant of £19,800. This is based on pupils, on roll and eligible for Pupil Premium funding, at the time of the January 2017 census.

Our pupil population changes during the year but the funding for 2017/2018 remains the same until the end of the financial year.

What are the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at our schools?

  • Emotional well-being, particularly lack of resilience and independence skills.
  • Low academic baseline – Many of our Pupil Premium pupils have identified additional needs or require some form of specific provision.
  • Support from home and limited experiences of the wider curriculum and community.

How the grant is used to address those barriers and the reasons for that approach

How we spend the funding is a whole school decision. We refer to the Educational Endowment Fund to select the best ways to improve pupils’ academic progress, emotional well-being and ensure inclusion in all the school has to offer.

  • ‘Safe Space’ counselling is very beneficial for supporting pupils who are experiencing emotional difficulties. We also provide a nurture group, restorative group work, social skills and access to ‘Forest Schools’. This provides opportunities to develop confidence, problem solving and team building skills. Staff are currently involved in the ‘Attachment Aware Schools: Building Resilience, improving outcomes’ project.

  • Funding skilled teaching assistant support enables us to offer targeted support in class and a range of interventions, either 1:1 or in small groups, to ‘diminish the gap’ between Pupil Premium pupils and their peers. Specific resources, specialist advice and staff training is also provided.

  • We host regular events for parents to advise them on changes to the curriculum, how we teach Maths, how to prepare their child for starting school etc.

  • To enable all pupils to participate in out of school activities, we fund school trips, after school clubs, residential visits, swimming and the opportunity to play a musical instrument.

How we measure the impact of the Pupil Premium Grant

  • All teaching staff are aware of who is eligible for Pupil Premium and this informs their planning. Regular assessments allow them to give pupils effective feedback.

  • Pre and post assessment data from reading tests, spelling tests and Maths assessments etc. are used to provide a base-line to track the impact of interventions. These are monitored every 6 weeks with input from pupils, the lead adult and the SENCO.

  • Pupil voice questionnaires and ‘feelings sheets’ are used to give an indication of pupils’ sense of well-being.

  • Pupil Premium pupils have an action plan, a tracking and/or profile sheet with advice on Quality First Teaching strategies, interventions/support provided, medical needs, outside agencies involvement and desired outcomes. Progress is monitored each term, at a designated staff meeting.


The Pupil Premium strategy is reviewed termly and will be updated in July 2018.


For the previous academic year 2016/2017 - the Pupil Premium Grant allocation was £19,800

This was mainly used to provide additional adult support, resources and staff training to enhance the learning of Pupil Premium pupils. We funded a School Counsellor and small group support to improve social interaction and emotional well-being. Professional development included whole school training on well-being, developing a growth mind-set and the use of different types of feedback to progress learning.

Funding for school trips, clubs, uniform etc. ensured all Pupil Premium pupils were fully included in the opportunities offered by the school.

Impact Summary

KS1 – Non Pupil Premium children out performed Pupil Premium children in the KS1 SATs – Reading, SPaG and Maths (Results skewed by low number of Pupil Premium children)

KS2 – Pupil Premium pupils out performed Non Pupil Premium children in Reading and Maths in the KS2 SATs.

Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 – 4 Pupil Premium pupils were working at or above national standards.

Pupil Premium pupils working below national standards have progressed from their individual starting points.

The IDL Reading and Spelling programme has been a success. The majority of Pupil Premium pupils have improved their reading and spelling scores and enjoy working through the programme.

Access to a School Counsellor and the nurture group activities has led to an increased sense of well-being and self-confidence.

All Pupil Premium children had access to school trips and clubs, weekly swimming lessons, Forest Schools and the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.

  1. remains a gap between the attainment of Pupil Premium pupils and their peers. Some pupils have specific difficulties which impact on their learning. School has access to regular advice and support from the Educational Psychology Service and the Cheshire East Autism Team, through their consultation process. Advice can also sort from outside agencies such as the Speech and Language Service, Paediatric Occupational and Physiotherapy Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and the School Nursing Service.

We have identified a lack of independence skills which improves significantly by the time pupils leave us in Year 6. We will continue to work on ways to develop emotional well-being, resilience and independence skills by encouraging pupils to be more involved in shaping their learning.


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