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Pupil premium

Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy

Pupil Premium Report




Bourton on the Water Primary Academy is a relatively large primary school for the area, with an increasing number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding. As a school, our aim is to ensure that every child has a good quality education and equal opportunities in and out of the classroom. The senior leaders, alongside governors, have agreed the following areas as our priorities.

  1. Key priorities: 
  • To continually monitor the attainment and progress of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding.
  • To raise the attainment and progress of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding.
  • To narrow the gap in attainment between pupil premium and non-pupil premium pupils at the end of key stage 2.

  2. Key Practises:

  • Ensure that the learning in the classroom is of the best quality and having maximum impact for this group.
  • To provide a rich and varied curriculum, that supports pupils in further education and into wider society.  
  • To support each pupil in a holistic way- emotionally, socially and academically.

3. Pupil Premium Funding 

The government awards this funding to help raise achievement of eligible pupils because national data shows that as a group, pupils in this category have lower educational achievement than those who are not.  School is free to decide how to spend the Pupil Premium allocation but does have a responsibility to publish the allocated funding and how it has been used.

The introduction of Universal Free School Meals (a free school meal for all children up to Year 2, regardless of family income) in September 2014 led to widespread concerns that children who are entitled to Free School Meals (and therefore pupil premium for the next 6 years) would no longer claim.  We try to make families aware of the eligibility requirements on a regular basis in order to encourage them. 

 Pupil Premium Eligibility

We have used the government criteria set out in 2023 to identify who qualifies for pupil premium funding. As well as these specific children we routinely monitor pupils:

  • Whose older siblings are eligible for Pupil Premium.
  • Whose family circumstances have changed since the claim for Free School Meals was made for the siblings.
  • Where no claim for Free School meals has been made for that particular child due to the Universal Free School Meals provision.
  • Who meet the Pupil Premium criteria, but we do not receive funding for in a current cycle as they joined the school after key census dates used to calculate the funding.

How we use the Pupil Premium funding

Research models by the Education Endowment Fund (Teaching- learning toolkit) found that the highest impact teaching and learning techniques, with the lowest cost were:

  • High quality feedback.
  • Metacognition and self-regulation.
  • Reading comprehension strategies.

As well as the low cost first up teaching techniques outlined above, we have spent the funding in the following areas:

1.   Parent Support Advisor (PSA) – Liz Hamilton and Rowena Rapley (two days a week) work with and support families across the school with low level family disruption, vulnerable children, children with low attendance or children who are upset. Cost: £10000.

2..   School Nurture Support- Support provided by the Co Head Teacher and the VP team for children with attachment issues or needing emotional support.

4.  Play Therapist- School employs a mental health nurse for 1 day a week to support pupils and parents needing more specialist help/ support with their emotional well-being.

 5. Teaching Assistant (TA) Support – 2 TAs working as an FTE in  Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) with children identified as lower achieving or having lower scores on entry to Year 1. Cost: £12000.

6.    Holiday Club & Extra Curricular support – funding to cover or contribute to the cost of extracurricular activities or trips. Cost: £500.

7.    Phase 2 and 3 - 1:1 and Small Group Tuition – four mornings a week specialist teaching provided by a qualified teacher for small group of pupils who are working at least a year below expectation.

        Cost: £20 000.


Outcomes in 2023 (2022)

Table 1 – Attainment and Progress of Pupils in Receipt of Pupil Premium at Year 6 





Number of pupils

9 (2)

9 (2)

9 (2)

PP at expected

88% (100%)

88% (100%)

88% (100%)

Progress of PP

1.8 (-2.0)

1.2 (-o.1)

2.8 (-2.3)


Table 2 – Other Forms of Support


Pupils Benefitting

Nurture Hub

36  pupils

Play Therapy

6 pupils

Emotional Support (ELSA)

12 pupils

Parent support Advisor

23 pupils


New Objectives for 2023/24
  1. Close monitoring of PP as the cost of living crisis bites
    1. Mental Health / Anxiety levels
    2. Curriculum gaps
    3. Progress
    4. Attendance
  2. Supporting PP with their attendance
Proposed Spending 2023/24
  1. Payment of Parental Support Adviser - £12000 (2 days a week)
  2. Employment of Nurture Hub Assistant £12000 (3 days a week)
  3. Employment of Play therapist £6000
  4. Shared employment costs of Dyslexic lead Teacher and ELSA lead £25000