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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.

School Context & Deployment

The pupil premium is a grant given to schools to raise the attainment of eligible pupils and to close the attainment gap between these pupils and their peers. For the course of the academic year 2021-22, 78 pupils were eligible for the pupil premium funding*

School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. Pupil premium is not a personal budget for individual pupils and schools are not required to spend all of the allocated grant on eligible pupils.

In a general sense, students at Woodfield School have delayed expressive and receptive language skills. They also tend to struggle with attending to and engaging with traditional learning activities. In addition to this, people with special education needs are far less likely than their mainstream peers to successfully find meaningful employment at the end of their formal education.   

Although there are a range of identified barriers to learning, we feel that it is important we seek out and create learning activities in the following areas over the next three years:

  • social interaction leading to community engagement
  • increasing levels of engagement, confidence, self-esteem and resilience.
  • raising attainment in vocational education opportunities

Although these aims are inherent in what we do within normal curriculum time and budget, the pupil premium grant enables us to explore further vehicles of engagement that will help disadvantaged students at Woodfield School work towards independence.

The full statement can be downloaded below