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Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

Pupil Premium



After prior attainment, poverty is the single most important factor in predicting life chances. Pupil Premium is money allocated by the government to ensure that pupils are not disadvantaged academically due to family circumstances. It is to assist with addressing attainment inequalities.


Aims and Objectives


Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) reaches the children for whom it is intended. It is used to provide educational support to improve pupil progress and achievement and to close the gap.

We firmly believe that in order to learn, children’s basic emotional and physical needs must first be met, and so a proportion of our Pupil Premium was allocated to funding trips and visits, as well as funding our Breakfast Club.

We also used the money to enhance and focus our Teaching Assistants hours, small group support, and intervention programmes for English and Maths.

From April 2015 school also recieves 53p per hour for each child who is eligible in the EYFS.  The LA will decide who is eligible via the Revenues Team.  Funding will be paid for the summer term and provision mapped accordingly.

The average progress during the year for our FSM children (where there is comparable data) is 4 points. Children on average should make a minimum of 4 points a year. This represents excellent progress by this group of children who do face some barriers due to poverty.

We will continue to provide cultural and social events to ensure that FSM/LAC are fully included in school life. We will also continue to use Teaching Assistants to deliver intervention programmes with pupils both individually and in small groups. As with all children, we will track progress carefully to ensure that these pupils continue to make good progress. We have an exciting initiative this year with the launch of our Washacre Lunchtime Squad – year 5 and 6 pupils leading playground sessions for younger children.

We will continue our on-going partnership with our parents and wider families


Roles and Responsibilities


  • It is the responsibility of the Business Manager to ensure that children eligible for Free School Meals are entered on the SIMs data base.
  • The Headteacher ensures that these children are identified to the class teachers.
  • Class teachers must plan additional provision for these children, during the termly pupil progress meetings. The actions are recorded in termly Class Action Plans.
  • The Deputy Headteacher has the responsibility of monitoring progress and provision for these children.
  • The Senior Leadership Team will update provision on termly Provision Maps.
  • The Business Manager will brief the Headteacher and Deputy Head termly to keep account of spending to date.
  • The Headteacher will provide termly feedback to Governors about the impact of Pupil Premium spending.
  • Annually the Headteacher will complete the OFSTED Pupil Premium Audit and give feedback to subject leaders and Governors
  • Subjects will use the information to support their action plans as will the Headteacher.


In Service Training


CPD is planned throughout the year to address the needs of both staff and children. Training such as Narrowing the Gap has been attended by the Headteacher and cascaded.  Other training may be delivered to groups of staff or individuals according to need and appropriateness.

Parental Partnership

Parents will be kept informed of the purpose of Pupil Premium via information on the web site. Individual parents will be informed of the extra provision for their children and the impact of this, during the termly parent’s evenings.

Links with Outside Agencies

The class teacher and Headteacher will provide thorough information to outside agencies as appropriate. School will have a representative at meetings involving outside agencies. School may employ support from outside agencies. Parents will be kept informed of any meetings or actions (unless instructed not to do so as in safeguarding on occasion).

How to Register For Free School Meals Entitlement:

You can register for Free School Meals if you get any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR)
  • Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (IB-JSA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit and are not entitled to Working Tax Credit andyour annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run on’- the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

To register for Free School Meals, simply visit :www.bolton.gov.uk/free school meals and clothing allowance. Or call in at the One Stop at the Town Hall in Westhoughton.


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