September 2017 – August 2018
Number of Pupils and Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)
Total number of pupils on roll (excludingF1) –441
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG F2-Y6 (FSM and Ever6) –162
Amount of PPG received per pupil - £1320
Amount PPG received per Looked After Child (LAC) - £1900
Total Amount of PPG - £246,720
Background and Context of PPG
The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding, in addition to main school funding, which schools receive according to the number of children in specific groups.
Schools receive Pupil Premium funding for;
- All children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
- All children who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years. (Ever6)
- All children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months by someone other than their immediate family.
The Government awards this funding to help raise attainment for these children. National data shows that as a group, nationally, children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.
A service Premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This is designed to support the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support pupils or groups of pupils the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged.
Both staff and Governors have considered the outcomes of National research and Best Practice when making decisions about Pupil Premium spending. We have also used data and tracking to analyse where achievement gaps exist within our school to target spending effectively.
‘The Sutton Trust’ produced a report assessing a range of strategies which could be linked to Pupil Premium funding and could be used to improve attainment based on effectiveness and value for money. This has been used at Woodlands Primary School to help strike a balance between effectiveness and cost.
Our most recent Pupil Premium Review took place in February 2015. www.primarytargets.co.uk
Our most recent Pupil Premium ‘Health check’ review took place in February 2017, Partners in Learning
This year funding will be used to break down both internal and external barriers to future attainment and to raise the aspirations of our pupils. A summary of our Action Plan includes;
Academic Interventions; An additional teacher in Y6 will facilitate learning in our Immersive Environments and accelerate progress of individuals and groups. SLT and TA’s delivering intensive maths, reading and writing interventions, TA’s working with small groups for targeted support to accelerate progress and reach National benchmarks in the Y1 phonics and end of Y2 assessments.
Social and Emotional Interventions;We employ a full time family welfare and inclusion manager to work closely with the Special Educational Needs co-ordinator to provide bespoke support for parents, children and families within the wider community and make links with a range of support services on their behalf.
Curriculum approaches;Philosophy for Children (P4C) is part of a whole school approach to learning where pupils take the lead and develop as creative, critical, caring and collaborative thinkers. P4C drives questioning, reasoning and independent learning skills - impacting on social skills, resilience and raising self esteem. This year we will continue with our Learning Skills Curriculum as a way of explicitly teaching teamwork, reflection, resilience and communication to help children understand the language of learning.
Enhanced Provision; Our new immersive environments and novel study curriculum enables pupils to engage in exciting ways to learn in addition to off- site visits which enhance learning. A percentage of visits have been funded in order to ensure all children have access to them. This year children will begin our Woodlands’ Charter where children will experience a wide range of activities and challenges including growing food, visiting the seaside, helping in the community and den building outdoors.
Attendance; We provide incentives for parents and pupils to improve whole school attendance, punctuality and reduce persistent absenteeism. Our new Family Support Worker has time dedicated to work alongside parents and EWO, monitoring attendance, providing attendance data and improving home school links. The School Council contribute towards making suggestions for future incentives and work closely with the school’s Business Manager to implement their ideas.
Teaching and Learning; In order to improve attainment in Reading for all groups of learners we have purchased the Accelerated Reader Programme to provide reading resources tailored to individual pupils. Alongside this our staff have been trained to use PM Benchmarking to monitor progress.
The school has established a Nurture and Inclusion unit, The Orchard, offering alternative provision for pupils with social and emotional needs. This year we have employed a full time teacher to enable us to support even more children across school and develop positive learning behaviours throughout.
Please click on the links provided to see detailed breakdowns of how we spend Pupil Premium money and the impact this has on attainment;
In addition to the above, the school recognises the fundamental importance of quality first teaching for all its pupils. We are therefore using our staff development time to focus on securing consistently good teaching and learning. We have reviewed our approach to marking and feedback, the use of effective questioning and are encouraging children to understand how to be effective learners through our Learning Skills Curriculum.
How do we know that we are spending our Pupil Premium effectively and that it is diminishing differences?
Our Pupil Premium spending action plan includes performance measures and all our spending priorities are evaluated and reviewed to ensure that they are successfully improving outcomes for children.
Where this is not the case, interventions are reviewed and action is taken to ensure impact is improved.
Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2017-2018
Current Action Plan for 2016/2017 Pupil Premium
Archive Documents for Pupil Premium