Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011 to help schools to further support the children of low income families. Children who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) either currently or in the past six years (known as the Ever6 FSM measure), attract additional funding to the School (£1320 per eligible pupil for 2018/19). Each year we encourage eligible parents to apply for Pupil Premium support. Doing so brings additional funds into school to support your child. There is no stigma attached to applying for this funding and other families will not be aware that you have done so.
- Income support
- Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit
- Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
Objectives of Pupil Premium Expenditure
We seek, through targeted funding and intervention to eliminate barriers to participation and good progress. Whilst it is not true of all Pupil Premium entitled pupils at Woodland Grange, nationally, such pupils on average, perform less well and make less progress than non-entitled pupils. It is our aim to narrow the gap, where one exists, between entitled and non-entitled pupils.
Apart from support with the cost of clubs, day trips, residential trips, uniform and music tuition we also target resources to directly impact upon the academic progress of pupils. This includes 1:1 reading support and small group work led by a teacher focusing upon key areas of literacy or numeracy. The majority of our pupils entitled to pupil premium also benefit from one-to-one tutoring with a school staff member (often their class teacher or member of staff member known to them).
We have also provided additional resources to groups or clubs that specifically target the needs of pupils. Previous examples have included 'My Club', run by a teacher to improve social and communication skills.
Additionally we have a fully 'Relate' trained Counsellor to support children and families in need.
It is a requirement set by the Department for Education that schools report:
- pupil premium grant allocation for the current academic year
- details of how school intends to spend its allocation
- details of how school spent its previous academic year’s allocation
- how it made a difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils
This document provides detail against each of the bullet points above. Additionally, we keep detailed records of the spending in relation to individual pupils.