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Predicted Spending for Pupil Premium Funding 2020/2021

In 2020 to 2021, The Rowans AP Academy will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £955 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

The Rowans AP Academy will also receive £2,345 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as having left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order (a residence order)

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £2,345 rate.

Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £2,345 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils is managed by the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child.

At The Rowans, the pupil premium funding will be used to close attainment gaps.  The main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at The Rowans are:

  • Low levels of literacy and numeracy on entry
  • Reading ages well below chronological age
  • Education lost due to COVID
  • Lack of phonics for EAL pupils
  • Complex social needs
  • Unidentified mental health needs
  • Diagnosed mental health needs
  • Diagnosed medical needs
  • Unidentified learning needs
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Risk of and exposure to child exploitation
  • Low self-esteem and little self-confidence
  • Criminal offending
  • Illegal recreational drug and alcohol misuse
  • Previously or currently LAC
  • Lack of aspiration
  • Lack of positive adult role-models
  • Lack of parental guidance, boundaries and supervision
  • Damaging experience of mainstream education
  • Poor diet and associated health needs


The above barriers to achievement have been exacerbated due to the COVID pandemic. The full extent of which is still unknown as it’s impact continues to be ongoing.

We understand that there are many reasons why pupils may underperform and these can often be complex and varied.  Our focus is to highlight this quickly and effectively by addressing the barriers to the individual’s progress. 

We effectively track, monitor and support pupil progress through data systems to assess academic progress, attendance, behaviour and attitudes to learning.

The pupil premium funding for 2020-2021, will be used to address these barriers to learning through:

  • 1:1 targeted literacy and numeracy intervention
  • Reading intervention
  • A dedicated welfare and attendance lead, focusing on welfare issues, working closely with families and professionals involved in the pupil and/or family
  • Reintegration to mainstream package
  • Work experience and extended work placement package
  • Therapeutic interventions including; lego, cooking, art, gardening, drawing and talking and 1:1 welfare sessions
  • Hygiene interventions
  • All pupils having a free breakfast and lunch everyday
  • A school counsellor to work 1:1 with identified pupils
  • Year 10 and Year 11 revision residential trips
  • KS3 team building/cultural capital trips
  • Parenting support group
  • Specialist careers guidance
  • SALUS mentoring

The impact of pupil premium will be measured by comparing those pupils eligible for pp funding with the remainder of the cohort, in these key performance indicators:

% of pupils making expected or better progress in Maths (KS3)

% of pupils making expected or better progress in English (KS3)

% of pupils making expected or better progress in Maths (KS4)

% of pupils making expected or better progress in English (KS4)

Improvement in reading age (based on the Hodder test) in months beyond chronological time

Rowans 6 score

% 5 or more 9-1 passes (2020 results) GCSE and BTEC

% improvement in behaviour profile and SDQ data

% Attendance compared to national AP/PRU data

% of Year 11s in education, employment or training

The date of the next review of the school’s pupil premium strategy: January 2021

Named Trustee for Pupil Premium:  Mrs Susan Greenfield