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Pupil Premium & Catch Up

The Department for Education (DfE) provides additional funding, known as Pupil Premium, in order that specific groups of pupils aged between 5 and 16 years, who may be disadvantaged by virtue of their family circumstances, can be supported in their progress and attainment. Pupil Premium falls into three categories: Deprivation Pupil Premium Looked After Pupil Premium Pupil Premium for Service Families Woodfield School’s projected fund for 2017-18 is £57,035.

Woodfield School Pupil Premium Strategy 2018 -19

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is an additional funding paid to schools for identified groups of pupils and aims:

•             To reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest attaining pupils nationally; raise attainment of disadvantaged pupils

•             To provide additional resources to school to support the progress of pupils

•             To support Looked After Children (LAC)

 

There are four groups of children who are eligible for the grant funding:

1.            Children receiving free school meals (FSM) at any point in the past six years

2.            Current Looked After Children (LAC)

3.            Children who are adopted from care or leave care on order

4.            Children whose parents are Armed Forces Service Personnel

School Context & Deployment

At Woodfield School during the course of the academic year 2018-19, sixty five pupils were eligible for the Pupil Premium funding.

Pupil Premium funding aims to ‘close the gap’ for those school pupils who fall into the three categories detailed above who typically achieve less well than their peers not included in these categories. Pupil Premium funding is not allocated to individual pupils. When making decisions about the use of pupil premium funding it is important to consider the context of the school and the challenges faced. Schools have the freedom to decide how the funding can best be spent on eligible pupils to maximise the impact on their progress and attainment.

We have analysed our data thoroughly and have made use of a range of available research, such as ‘Good Practice in Using Pupil Premium Funding’, The Sutton Trust/ Education Endowment Foundation research and the Sutton Trust toolkit, to inform our decision making.

Woodfield School uses the Pupil premium funding to pay for:

•             Whole School Strategies

•             Strategies to accelerated progress for both Pupil Premium/ Specialised Interventions.

•             Specific individual strategies for Pupil Premium pupils.

Any intervention implemented must have an expected impact which will be evaluated and reported against at the end of the academic year. Progress of all pupils entitled to Pupil Premium funding is tracked termly to monitor and evaluate the impact of the interventions used.

In order to ensure that the Pupil Premium funding is best utilised, we make sure that the funding is used in the most effective ways as identified in the Sutton trust Report.

Our priorities are:

  • To support progress
  • To develop independence
  • To support social and emotional development
  • To support mental health

Year 7 Catch Up Funding 2017-18

Year 7 Catch Up is additional Funding given to secondary schools to help all pupils who did not achieve the expected level at the end of Key Stage 2. For the year 2017 -18, Woodfield received £16,526.

In preparation to undertake the Centre of Excellence for Financial Education resources were sourced and training for staff took place.

Staffing was increased and staff were trained to support the development of basic literacy and numeracy skills.

The semi-formal curriculum was developed with a focus on communication and thinking skills to support learners with more complex needs.

The result of these developments had a positive impact on pupil progress, please see table below.

There were 27 year 7 pupils

 

 

SL

R

W

En

NS

GM

Ma

Exceptional

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

Outstanding

93

74

89

93

93

93

93

Expected

0

19

0

0

0

0

0

Outstanding +

100

81

96

100

100

100

100

The full report can be downloaded below