Pupil Premium Expenditure 2017/18

The Pupil Premium is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), a smaller amount is allocated for and those children of service families, ‘Looked After’ (in care) for 6 months or more. In 2012, funding was extended to include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals within the past 6 years.

Schools decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individuals. However, schools are accountable for how they have used the funding in supporting pupils from low-income families.

This money is then used to support children in school to ensure they achieve standards in line with other children, what the government refer to as 'closing the gap.'

We have a high amount of free school meals in the country and in some classes there are only 2 or 3 children who are non-free school meals.  This means we often use monies on whole class/whole school initiatives as it would be difficult to exclude such a small minority.

 Pupil Premium Strategy

Pupil Premium Strategy 2018-2019

At Woodside Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that each individual pupil receives the very best education allowing them to reach their full potential academically and socially. This belief is reflected in our school vision:

We need to provide an education that will enable each individual to utilise a variety of skills and intelligences in order to meet challenges with determination and confidence.

Our inclusive and nurturing culture ensures that we have the highest expectations and that we continually strive to ensure that no pupil is left behind. We want all our children to achieve to their maximum potential, no matter what their situation.

When deciding how to spend the Pupil Premium Grant ('PPG') it is important that we look at the potential barriers to learning faced by Pupil Premium pupils in the context of our school. The reasons for underachievement are many and varied and include:

  • Less support at home
  • Social and emotional difficulties due to complex family situations
  • Attendance and punctuality difficulties.
  • Low aspirations
  • Narrow experiences of life outside school

Although this covers most children, each child entitled to the PPG is unique in their situation and our response to their needs must reflect this.

With this in mind, at Woodside we aim to build the capacity and expertise to enable us to provide support in order to allow each child to reach his/her full potential.

Our key objective in using the PPG is to narrow the attainment and achievement gap between those entitled to Pupil Premium and those not. We have a high proportion of PPG children and non-PPG are in a minority.  Very often, these non-PPG children also attain less well than children nationally so often we will utilise whole class initiatives.

We will always ensure that:

  • A high profile is given to Pupil Premium Pupils
  • All staff are accountable for the progress of Pupil Premium children

The progress and attainment of all pupils at Woodside is carefully tracked and analysed from a rich field of data in order to draw conclusions and develop action plans. We also make use of a range of educational research in order to decide how best to spend our funding to maximise the opportunities for our pupils. Also, we aim to give our children access to arts and cultural experiences that they might otherwise not have.

Our funding priorities for 2018-19  fall into 4 key areas:

  1. Learning and the Curriculum
  2. Parents and Families
  3. Social and Emotional Support
  4. Enrichment within and beyond the curriculum

Learning and the Curriculum

  • Providing a range of proven teacher and TA led interventions including Nurture support and Read,Write Inc
  • Utilisation of experienced teacher for RE and Art education
  • Additional curriculum eg music classes
  • Individual interventions eg Talk Boost, IDL

Parents and Families

  • Breakfast club costs
  • Improving attendance and punctuality-awards
  • Free meals

Social and Emotional Support

  • Purchase of EWO and Support Workers
  • Purchase of Educational Psychologists

Enrichment Within and Beyond the Curriculum

  • Wide variety of clubs
  • Performances

We will review our strategy in July 2019

 Please see the table below for proposed PPG spending for the academic year 2017/18

Amount of pupil premium funding received 2017/18£170,680  
Number of eligible pupils in 2017/18FSM 129  
Pupil premium spent onBrief details (include which year groups are involved in this initiative or action)Planned spendImpact
Teaching staff (learning and Curriculum)1 Part time (0.6) £14,000Extra teacher enables freeing up of staff to take interventions with targetted pupils and art/music lessons from specialist teacher.
Teaching assistants (learning and Curriculum)2xfull time and 0.6£63,677Read,Write Inc groups progress monitored (phonic check up to 71%) . 
Other staff e.g. mentor, counsellor (social and emotional)EWO, CSW14000First day contacts, attendance surgeries, preparation of data, liaise with parents.EWO attendance initiative: Attendance 95.7% from 95.2
Emotional Coach doing 6 week interventions.  Children reported as far more engaged in class, zero outbursts and removals.
 Ed Psych4000Children with learning difficulties assessed.  Specific programmes of learning shared and delivered. 31% children who were 'pre key stage' moved up to 'below expected' in reading. 39% children who were 'per key stage' moved up to 'below expected' in maths.
Additional curriculum (learning and Curriculum)Music, all classes£800Speechlink no longer used, to be cancelled, 
 Talk Boost (incl staff delivery)£2,455APS (average point score) for 15 children risen from 50.4 to 61.9. Children more confident speakers in class, enables greater participation.
Performances (enrichment beyond curriculum)WMT in school to perform panto£390They were really funny and it was amazing how 3 people can play all those parts.  How do they remember the lines?
 Zulu dance£375I really liked the Zulu dance because one of the men picked me to dance with him and it was funny.
Breakfast Club (parents/family)On costs such as milk, caretaker, cleaning products£2,670Numbers increased to over 50 on a regular basis (60+ on one occasion)
Staff report gretaer engagement of children who used to come in without breakfast
Attendance improved to 95.6 and lates down by 200 compared with pre-Bfast club (643 - 449)
Motivational (enrichment beyond curriculum)Commando Joe (Autumn term)£8,000Programme stopped after 2 years.  Children enjoyed sessions, positive feedback.
Teachers wanted greter control of PE and didn't deliver on data analysis.
Music tuition (learning and curriculum)Y6 guitar£1,000Performance at end of year.  Teacher reports that children made excellent progress.
Attendance initiatives (parents and family)Awards, weekly prizes£1,000Attendance up to 95.6.  Attendance at 96.3 if remove exclusions, under 5s and serious medical conditions. Lates 449 first half this year compared with 610 last year
Forest School (enrichment beyond curriculum)Clothing, supplies, washing machine£1,000No children miss out on FS. Children feedback as particularly enjoying hot chocolate in FS.
Did not purchase washing machine.
Free School Meals (parents and family) £54,720 
School trip subsidies £1,960Subsidy of school fund for trip to Blue Planet, Cadbury World, Zoo, VR Day and university trip
Assessment and trackingSims tracking, SEN data logging£4,214Staff able to log day-to-day issues affecting children and families.  Provides valuable picture for SEN/social care meetings.  
Spent £174,903 
Remaining -£4,223