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 £50,420 Pupil Premium funding for financial year 2020/2021.


How do we intend to spend Pupil Premium funding for financial year 2020/2021?

Continue to subsidise trips, visits, camps and clubs.

  • Contribute towards the cost of having Teaching Assistants in every class.
  • Contribute towards the cost of a Pupil Support Team.
  • Purchase specific resources to support teaching & learning.
  • Contribute towards the cost of specific intervention programmes.
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?

The education of our pupils during the 2019/2020 school year was interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic.  The end of Key Stage, mid year data, shows an increase in the percentage of children who were on track to achieve age related expectations.

The end of year Key Stage 2 data for 2018/2019 was the best set of outcomes that Banwell has ever had. The overall percentage of children achieving age related expectations in combined reading, writing and maths was above the national average.  The overall attainment of children who are entitled to Pupil Premium funding is not yet in line with those who are Non-Pupil Premium. However, the progress data for these children shows a more pleasing picture. 


Improving the attainment outcomes for Pupil Premium children continues to be 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.