What is Pupil Premium ?
It is really important that families entitled to pupil premium ensure they have completed the relevant forms available from the school office.
Even though children in the first 3 years of school are now entitled to a free school meal each day, families who meet the criteria for free school meals (income related) can ensure the school receives a pupil premium grant which provides contributions to cover the cost of school trips.
The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units.
Funding for 2016 to 2017
In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,320 for primary-aged pupils
- £935 for secondary-aged pupils
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each looked-after pupil who:
- has been looked after for 1 day or more
- was adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under:
- a special guardianship order
- a residence order
Schools will receive £350 for each child who has parents in the armed forces.
Pupil Premium Spending
- Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions have had a significant impact on children’s individual attainment.
- We are delighted with our KS2 results which show that the school is going from strength to strength. The results reflect the hard work of staff, excellent partnership working with parents and a determination to ensure that EVERY child succeeds.
- Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to narrow the gap between pupil groups. As a school we have a good track record of ensuring that pupils make good progress, but historically levels of attainment are lower for FSM (eligible for free school meals) – this is also a national trend.
- Through targeted interventions we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. Many children start school with low attainment on entry and our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school.
- Targeted support is being provided through one-to-one and small group tuition in all year groups. Senior leaders provide support through interventions/targeted teaching in years 5 and 6. These interventions support children in knowing where they are and what they need to do to improve their work.
- We have also offered parent workshops for literacy and numeracy to enable parents to increase their ability to support their children in these areas.
- Curriculum workshops have also been available to all parents to provide further information on how things are taught at Westrop.
- The addition of personal learning time has enabled staff to support individual children either with challenge or support.
- Work on values and learning attitudes across the school has developed the culture of wanting to be the best they can be. Children’s attitudes to learning are increasingly positive.
- Financial support is provided for these families who are unable to afford trips, residentials or items of clothing for school eg PE Kit.
- Some children benefit from extra- curricular support with clubs or afterschool care
- The Den has been an excellent resource for all children dealing with emotional and social support in many guises.