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 fund for 2018-19 was £60,775.
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.
The school’s evaluation of its own performance is rigorous. Tracking of progress over time for each pupil is thorough, and so we can quickly identify any dips in progress and develop sensible strategies and interventions to promote improvement.
- A wide range of data is used – achievement data, pupils’ work, observations, learning walks, case studies, and staff, parents and pupils’ voice
- Assessment Data is collected each term so that the impact of interventions can be monitored regularly
- Assessments are closely moderated to ensure that they are accurate
- Regular feedback about performance is given to children and parents
- Interventions are adapted or changed if they are not working
- A designated member of the SLT maintains an overview of Pupil Premium spending
- A Governor has responsibility for meeting with the SLT member to discuss Pupil Premium
The full report can be downloaded below