Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil premium is an amount of money which is given to the school which is additional to our main budget allocation. It is calculated by using the number of children who have ever been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) during the last 6 years, service children and an allocation for each pupil who has been 'Looked After' (in care) for 6 months or more. Currently we have 82 children that qualify for Pupil Premium on roll.

Each child on the Free School Meals List is allocated £1300 and Service children £300. "This money is intended to be used to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most" (DfE www.education.gov.uk 2012).

The Government believes that Head Teachers and School Leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:

  • The performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared to their peers.
  • The new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium.
  • The new reports for parents that schools now have to publish on-line.

"Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need". (DfE www.education.gov.uk 2012)

The progress of all children at Bosvigo School is tracked and discussed at an individual level at pupil progress meetings which are held every half term. Groups of children are looked at specifically; Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), Gifted and Talented (G&T), English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Free School Meals (FSM), Service and 'Looked After' children. Regular tracking and monitoring allows teachers to be aware of children who fall into these categories and track their progress. This tracking helps to ensure that all children are given the support that they need, regardless of their eligibility, but also allows the teaching team to identify which children require additional support.

The Governors and the Senior Leadership Team are actively committed to the success and progress of children who are eligible for pupil premium funding and have made the decisions on how the money is to be spent.

Is your child eligible for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium?

To find out if your child is eligible for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium please follow this link: Cornwall Council Pupil Premium Application.

Or download and complete this form Pupil Premium and Free School Meals - All Pupils application and hand into the office to see if your child and Bosvigo School could benefit from Pupil Premium.

How do we compare locally and nationally?

At Bosvigo School in the 2017-18 academic year, 27% of our children are eligible for Pupil Premium. This is slightly above the national average of 26% (2015).

How we spend our Pupil Premium funding

The strategies that are in place at Bosvigo School which are paid for entirely or in part by the Pupil Premium for the benefit of FSM children (and others) are as follows:

  • Pastoral Support – Ongoing staff training has enabled the development of a whole school Pastoral Support approach, supporting the emotional and social development of all pupils. Children identified through screenings as most vulnerable receive regular 1:1 or small group support to aid social and emotional development. This year we will be funding Practitioner training for a further two members of staff, as well as providing regular updates and refreshers for the wider staff.
  • Pastoral Support Leader - We have recently appointed a Pastoral Support Leader, who will provide small group and 1:1 targeted support every afternoon, as well as supporting the continuing development of practice in classes.
  • Maths 'pick-up' intervention - We have provided every class in Key Stage 1 and 2 with daily additional teaching assistant hours to enable children who need further consolidation of a concept or deepening of their understanding to receive this at the point at which they need it. These short sessions are responsive to the children's emerging needs and are intended to help us achieve the mastery principle of 'keep up, don't catch up'.
  • Phonics intervention programme – Additional phonics support is provided for children who have struggled to attain the Year 1 phonics standard.
  • Focused interventions – As well as our Maths pick-up sessions, we employ additional staff to lead English interventions every afternoon for children across Key Stage 2.
  • Early morning Maths boosters – Teachers in Years 5 and 6 run weekly targeted Maths interventions for all children in Year 6 and specific children in Year 5.
  • Read Write Inc Phonics Programme – The school has invested in the Read, Write Inc Phonics programme in order to raise standards in Phonics. This year, our funding of Read, Write Inc. has enabled the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 classes to incorporate the teaching of reading skills into our Phonics sessions.
  • Pupil Progress meetings - On a half-termly basis, the teachers are released from their class by a cover teacher to allow them to meet with a member of the SLT. At these meetings they discuss, on an individual basis, the progress of each child, including any issues that might be hindering optimal progress. Strategies for supporting each individual’s progress are discussed and new interventions are created as a result of these meetings.
  • Home learning platforms - We currently subscribe to Accelerated Reader and ActiveLearn Primary, two home learning platforms that are regularly used across the school.
  • Movement Group - Movement Group runs four days per week before school. Two members of our support staff have had specialist training and use this to support children who have balance and coordination difficulties.
  • iPads – The school has purchased a further 40 iPads to facilitate children’s access to online learning platforms and support the development of digital literacy amongst children across the school. Each class now has 10 iPads, giving children quick and easy access to online resources.
  • Personal Allowance – An allocation of £100 is made to each individual child on the Pupil Premium register. This allowance has to be used to support and enhance the education of each Pupil Premium child, but each family is able to decide (in agreement with the school) how best to use the funds.

Progress and Attainment 2016

Early Years Foundation Stage

In 2016 there were 9 children recorded as eligible for Free School Meals Ever 6 (FSM6) funding. In terms of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, 44.4% of this group completed the Foundation Stage with a Good Level of Development, compared to 69% of all children nationally and 63% of all children at Bosvigo School.

Whilst the attainment of our FSM6 group was well below the national and school averages, their progress was not. The table below highlights the progress of the Bosvigo 2016 FSM6 group compared to the average of all EYFS pupils at Bosvigo and across Cornwall (comparative national data is not currently available).

Development Matters On-Entry

Total Score (October 2016)

Development Matters

Total Score (July 2016)

Average Progress

Bosvigo FSM6




Bosvigo All Pupils




Cornwall All Pupils




The FSM6 group at Bosvigo therefore made 26% greater progress during the Foundation Stage year than the Cornwall All Pupils average and 13% greater progress than the Bosvigo All Pupils Average.

Year 1 Phonics Screening

There were 10 children in the Year 1 FSM6 group at Bosvigo in 2016, equating to 22% of the cohort. 70% of the FSM6 group achieved the Year 1 Phonics Standard, with 82% of the Bosvigo Non-FSM6 group achieving the standard.

Year 2 Phonics Screening (Retakes)

In total, 21 children retook the Phonics Standard at the end of Year 2. 90% (19/21) of the children to retake the Phonics Screening achieved the standard compared to 67% nationally. This means that 92% of Pupil Premium children and 97% of non-Pupil Premium children in our 2016 Year 2 cohort have met the Phonics Standard.

Key Stage 1 Attainment

Percentage of children achieving KS1 Expected Standard




Bosvigo FSM6 (6 chn)




Bosvigo non-FSM6 (41 chn)




Percentage of children working at KS1 Greater Depth




Bosvigo FSM6 (6 chn)




Bosvigo non-FSM6 (41 chn)




Key Stage 2 Attainment

Percentage of children achieving KS2 Expected Standard

Standardised Score







Bosvigo FSM6 (16 chn)







Bosvigo non-FSM6 (28 chn)







National All Pupils







Percentage of children working at KS2 Greater Depth




Bosvigo FSM6 (18 chn)




Bosvigo non-FSM6 (26 chn)




You can download our Pupil Premium statement here Pupil Premium Statement September 2016

You can download our Pupil Premium action plan here Pupil Premium Action Plan 2016 - 2017

For the Bosvigo School Pupil Premium Policy please follow this link to the School Policies page.