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Pupil Premium

What Is The Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It is designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of groups of children who have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds. This means children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces, and those children in local authority care. National figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for free school meals are around twice as likely not to achieve Level 4 in Maths and English as other 11 year olds.

Where Does The Money Come From?

The funding comes direct from central Government

How Much Money Does The School Get?

For the year 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015 Winsley School will receive £12,000.

How Is This Decided?

Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently identified as being eligible for free school meals, whose parents serve in the Armed Forces, and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months.

What Are Schools Required To Spend The Money On?

The money is given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent.

What Do We Do With The Money?

At Winsley School we are committed to ensuring all our children make the best possible progress. We track the achievement of every child on a regular basis and do all we can to make sure each child achieves their potential. We also have a duty to ensure that no group of children are disadvantaged due to their gender, ethnic origin or family income or background.

The Pupil Premium funding has allowed us to continue and extend what we already do – to monitor children's progress and to give additional support when required. Children are certainly not singled out or stigmatised for getting some extra attention and we would never label a child in front of other children for receiving free school meals or being in care.

This funding is used to employ two Teaching Assistants who work with individuals or small groups to support children’s literacy, maths and social skills. Activities may include booster sessions, art therapy, life skills and emotional literacy writing. The funding is also used to subsidise music lessons, club fees and trips. We use Pupil Premium money to buy resources which will further enhance learning and assessment, and to pay for staff training.

How we spent Pupil Premium money in 2016-17

  • Writing intervention delivered to clearly identified small groups of children throughout school to help improve attainment
  • Phonics intervention delivered to Key Stage 1 children to support the phonics work provided in the classroom.
  • Literacy and Numeracy interventions to extend the more able children in receipt of Pupil Premium
  • Funding was allocated to specific children for help with music lessons, trips and clubs.
  • Staff training.

We are currently writing our Pupil Premium strategy statement.