Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is a specific grant given by the Government so that Schools can address the attainment gaps between students in the following vulnerable groups and their peers:

  • Those students eligible for free school meals (FSM) over the past 6 years
  • Students who are looked after (LAC), adopted from care or who leave care under a Special Guardianship or Residential Order
  • Students whose parents are in the armed forces
  • Students not achieving level 4 in English and maths at the end of KS2. (Catch up premium)
  • The catch up premium is allocated annually based on the number of students entering the school below level 4 in English or maths.
  • The pupil premium allocated for students on FSM, looked after (LAC) or from Service families is allocated every year they are in school.

The Bishops’ supports every student to be successful in their learning and every member of staff is committed to meeting students’ pastoral, social and academic needs in our vibrant Christian learning community. In line with our values we expect every student to be able to succeed irrespective of any perceived or actual disadvantage.

PPG is clearly identifiable within our budget and enables us to target resources even more effectively to ensure that disadvantaged or vulnerable students have the same opportunities as every other student. PPG expenditure also focuses on narrowing the attainment gap between our highest and lowest achievers; ensuring learners are properly prepared for the next stage of their education.

We ask all our parents and carers to apply for Free School Meals if they think they might be eligible. To find out if you are eligible please visit Cheshire West and Chester applications should be made to the local authority. If you apply and are successful your child does not have to have a school dinner if they’d rather not (although they are excellent). However, it will mean that more money comes into the school from which your son or daughter and other students will benefit.

Catch-Up Funding

Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit.

We know that we have the professional knowledge and expertise in the education system to ensure that children and young people recover and get back on track. Returning to normal educational routines as quickly as possible will be critical to our national recovery.

The government has announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up. This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need all students make up for lost teaching time.


  • We will ensure that the funding benefits those students for whom there is a need.
  • We will ensure that the funding makes an impact on the educational outcomes of these students.
  • As necessary, we will ensure that the funding provides additional support to improve the progress and achievement of all students, with a particular focus on disadvantaged students.
  • We will closely monitor the impact of the strategies put in place so that the ‘gaps’ are closed across all year groups, ability ranges and sub-groups.
Catch- Up Strategy Academic Year 2020 - 21

16 - 19 Tuition Fund

The purpose of this statement is to set out how The Bishops’ Blue Coat CoE High School is planning to utilise its 16 to 19 tuition fund allocation to support students who may have had their learning disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The targeted and strategic use of this fund will reflect our ethos and mission to ensure students are known, nurtured and inspired to ensure the appropriate students benefit from the fund where necessary.

What is the 16-19 Tuition Fund?

The 16-19 tuition fund is a one-off funding allocation for 20-21 academic year only. The fund is being provided to support learners to catch up and close any gaps in their learning that may have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 lockdown. The fund is planned to be used for small group workshops and 1:1 tuition and is in addition to the planned study programme hours.

How are we planning to use this Fund?

Tuition groups will comprise of up to five students and the tuition sessions will be scheduled in addition to the planned programme of study hours already timetabled for the academic year 2020/21. Tuition sessions may be delivered face to face, online or through a blended delivery model.

Examples of some of the Tuition Support on offer will include:

  • Topic specific support through designated coaching hubs
  • Assessment preparation support
  • Academic skills support and development
  • Technical Knowledge and skills support to aid mastery and make up for any shortfall from previous learning.
  • Specialist Support to improve engagement for learners with SEND

Tuition Support offered will be based on an individual need’s assessment, the identification of an individual starting point, clear learning goals, expectations and outcomes.

If you’d like to ask a question about the 16 to 19 Tuition Fund please email: sixthform@bishopschester.co.uk