Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is additional funding given to schools for:

  • Children from low income families who are eligible for free school meals or who have been eligible at any point in the last 6 years.
  • Looked after children (adopted / fostered).
  • Children with parents in the Armed forces.

It is to be used by schools, to enable these pupils to reach their potential.


What are the main barriers to learning our pupils experience?
There is no single difficulty faced by all.
These are some of the things that can hinder learning:

Having low expectations/esteem/aspirations and/or a fixed mindset:

For example: believing you are not good enough;   being unable to accept failing as part of learning; being unwilling to take risks; being unwilling to make mistakes


Not being supported to succeed in school

For example: being overtired;  being frequently absent from school; being discouraged by hearing others' talk negatively; not being ready for school e.g. missed breakfast, lateness, missing equipment/kit


Not having the same opportunities, experiences, knowledge & skills as most children the same age

For example: not understanding/using a wide vocabulary; not making desired/expected progress


Please see the document below for ideas to help overcome barriers to learning at home.



How do I apply for Free School Meals?

Please click here to access North Somerset Council's online checker.

At Banwell School our vision statement is Belong Believe Achieve. We have a strong sense of community between home, school, the village and the wider world. We use a proportion of Pupil Premium allocation to enable all pupils to experience a broader range of activities including; trips, visits, clubs, camps, breakfast club etc. We have growth mindsets and believe there are no limits to our learning. We are committed to ensuring that every child achieves their potential. We do this by providing high quality classroom teaching, supplemented by a variety of teaching and support staff interventions and regular progress reviews.  We also have a Pupil Support Team who work closely with all staff and families to ensure that any additional support provided is effective. We are flexible and innovative in our approach.


How much Pupil Premium has been allocated for the current academic year?

We have been allocated £71,580 Pupil Premium funding for financial year 2017/2018.


How do we intend to spend Pupil Premium funding for financial year 2017/2018?

Continue to subsidise trips, visits, camps and clubs.

  • Continue to subsidise breakfast club.
  • Contribute towards the cost of having Teaching Assistants in every class.
  • Contribute towards the cost of a Pupil Support Team.
  • Provide Free School Milk.
  • Purchase specific resources to support teaching & learning.
  • Contribute towards the cost of specific interventions programmes.
  • Support the purchase of uniform and equipment.
  • Increase the provision of activities specifically aimed at improving well being and healthy living.
For more detailed information, please see the Proposed Spending Document below.



How did we spend last year's Pupil Premium?
Please see the document below.

How has it made a difference to the attainment of pupils who are entitled to Pupil Premium funding?

According to our school self-evaluation, the outcomes for pupils in our school for 2016/2017 are rated as good overall due to the good progress they make from their starting points.  Our end of Key Stage 2 results show the gap between the attainment of Pupil Premium and non Pupil Premium children has narrowed
in every subject, significantly in some areas. 


Improving the attainment of all children in reading is a key priority in our school improvement plan.


How do we ensure effective use of Pupil Premium?

We hold regular Pupil Progress meetings with the Maths Leader, the English Leader and the Pupil Support Team Leader. Individual progress is monitored and strategies/interventions to accelerate and support progress are reviewed.  The School Leadership Team and Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions, including the Pupil premium.