Pupil Premium Expenditure 2016/17

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.

Children in receipt of free school meals generate £1320 each, and 'Looked After' children receive £1,900 from the government to school in 2016/17.

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 one of the highest amounts 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

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.

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 could include: less support at home, social and emotional difficulties due to complex family situations or attendance and punctuality difficulties.

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 wide range of educational research in order to decide how best to spend our funding to maximise the opportunities for our pupils.

Below is a table showing how we spent money on different areas in school.

Amount of pupil premium funding received 2016/17£177,152  
Number of eligible pupils in 2016/17

Free School Meals

Pupil premium spent onBrief details (include which year groups are involved in this initiative or action)Planned spendImpact/Comments
Teaching staff1 Full time £23,000Extra teacher enables freeing up of staff to take interventions with targetted pupils and art/music lessons from specialist teacher.  
Teaching assistants2xfull time£47,500Nurture group monitoring sheet separate.  Read,Write Inc groups progress monitored.  Children making satisfactory progress on Read,Write,Inc and report enjoying the sessions
Other staff e.g. mentor, counsellorEWO, £12000First day contacts, attendance surgeries, preparation of data, liaise with parents.  Attendance overall raised slightly this year. (94.58 to 95.03)
 Ed Psych£4,000Intervention strategies put in place for a number of children to help with behaviour and learning
Additional curriculumMusic, all classes£800Improved enjoyment and engagement noted for children.  Speechlink providing some early intervention in speech disorders esp in infants
Funding/partially funding educational visits’Transport£1,000Keeps cost down for all, enables certain children to attend.
InterventionsRead Write Inc£9,754Phonics check 50% to 65% and 80% on resits.
Breakfast ClubOn costs such as milk, caretaker, cleaning products£2,670'I love breakfast club because we can play games and we get a bagel with different toppings.'
Attendance data shared at previous govs meeting.  Positive evidence more ephemeral eg from teachers noting a greater and immediate engagement with children in morning.
Motivational Commando Joe Y6 (2 days)£24,000Separate data produced by CJ team (to be produced Sept 17)
'I like Commando Joe because he plays games with us at playtimes'
Music tuition Y6 guitar£1,000'I never knew how to play guitar and now I know because Mr Guitar taught us to play 'Eye of the Tiger'  'I have been inspired to take lessons out of school' 'Best class for guitar this year.'
Attendance initiativesAwards, weekly prizes£1,000Attendance slightly improved to 95.03 (95.42 without 2 non-attenders)
Forest SchoolClothing, supplies, washing machine£1,000Enabling children to join in who don't have the appropriate footwear/clothing etc.  Should be a lot of one-off costs eg storm kettle, fire pit, cutting tools.
Free School Meals £54,720