Pupil Premium 

 

An Executive Summary for Parents

  • Pupil Premium funding is money which comes from the government depending on how many children in school are eligible for free school meals or are 'looked after'.  In 2014-2015 Whiteways received a total of £250,900 pupil premium funding.
  • This extra funding is aimed at improving life chances for children from less advantaged backgrounds including raising their levels in reading, writing and maths.
  • In 2014-2015, 45% of Whiteways pupils were eligible for pupil premium, compared with national average of 27%.
  • The Governing Body asks the Headteacher every term what the money has been spent on and what difference it has made.
  • The school tracks the amount of progress free school meals children make in all year groups.
  • In 2015 KS1 data shows that between the end of KS1 and the end of KS2, pupil premium children score better for value added in reading, writing and maths, than those who are not eligible for pupil premium grant.

 

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

Pupil Premium is a grant from the government that is intended to help schools to close the attainment gap between pupils who take free school meals and pupils who do not.

 

Our Principles and Provision

It is our responsibility to ensure that all children in our school achieve their potential and in order to do so we seek to meet the individual needs of every single child.  Pupil Premium will be used and managed by us to enable us to tailor support for identified children in range of ways appropriate to their needs.

We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups.  This includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.

We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered to qualify for free school meals (and therefore the Pupil Premium Grant).

We ensure that Pupil Premium funding is spent to best support pupils who the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.

All allocation of the Pupil Premium funding will be targeted at accelerating progress, moving children to at least age related expectations.  This could include - the delivery of an engaging and relevant curriculum, staff training and development in line with children's needs, the provision of extra curricular experiences, staff to deliver bespoke intervention programmes, learning mentor support, Special Needs (SENCo) support, English as an Additional Language (EALCo) support, family leaning opportunities and other initiatives which the school deems necessary to meet the needs of the children.

The senior leadership team will report termly to the Governing Body on the use and impact of the Pupil Premium Grant.

 

Mrs Sue Bridges (Executive Headteacher)

Mr Ian Annis (Chair of Governors and Pupil Premium Link Governor)

 

For a more detailed analysis of how Pupil Premium money is spent and the impact it has please click here.