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Pupil Premium Allocation

A Pupil Premium allocation is funding attached to pupils who have received free school meals under the Ever 6 format.  Our allocation for the financial year 2016/2017 was £50,520.  Our allocation for the financial year 2017/2018 is £39,270 but was budgeted for £42,075. 

The school also receives Year 7 catch up funding and benefits from the allocation for Looked After Children (LAC) pupils which is managed by Virtual Schools.

The school plans and budgets for additional funding on a yearly cycle, based on the financial year rather than the academic year.  See below to download the budget/plan for the current reporting phase. The next full review and reporting will take place in the Summer Term 2018.

Use of Pupil Premium:

DfE Guidance states that Pupil Premium funding should be used for “raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and closing the gap with their peers.”

Woodlane High School data indicates that there is no gap within the vast majority of areas, between pupils in receipt of PP and their peers. The school is meticulous in its analysis and targeted in its approach to Pupil Premium spending. The following are small areas for development that may include one or two pupils. However, if we are successful in tackling these small areas for improvement, we ensure we maintain our outstanding practice.

1. Close the gap in terms of termly progress and outcomes achieved, specifically:

  • The outcomes for Year 11 pupils in receipt of PP, in English, Maths and Science compared to those who do not receive PP.
  • The outcomes of Year 11 pupils with mental health difficulties in core subjects, compared to their peers.
  • The progress of Black African pupils in Maths, compared to their peers.
  • The progress of White British pupils, compared to their peers.

2. Improve the behaviour, attendance, punctuality and general well-being of key groups, specifically:

  • The attendance of pupils in receipt of PP, compared to those who do not receive PP.
  • The behaviour of White British and Black Caribbean pupils, compared to their peers.
  • The feelings about school and self of pupils with mental health difficulties, compared to their peers.
  • The understanding and knowledge of the most vulnerable pupils of key SRE issues, such as consent.

3. To ensure staff are equipped with increased knowledge and understanding in order to support disadvantaged pupils, specifically:

  • Staff are trained to support the language development of the lowest ability learners.
  • Staff are trained to support the mental health of young people.
  • Staff are trained to use technology that will increase engagement and raise progress.
  • All Teaching Assistants are assigned to a specific subject to increase targeted support available.
  • All Teaching Assistants are given a whole school responsibility to increase targeted support available.
  • Staff receive relevant information related to those pupils in receipt of PP at Woodlane High School.

Download the full Additional Funding planning report below to explore how PP funding will be used to ensure this is achieved in 2017/18.

Barriers to Learning:

At Woodlane High School, pupils who receive Pupil Premium (PP) can face a wide range of difficulties. These barriers to learning are not typical of every pupil who receives the payment, and are also not limited to those pupils who receive PP.

A pupil who receives PP may experience:

  • Less financial support within the home.
  • Less access to basic needs.
  • Less support for school work/emotional support.
  • Less opportunities for independence.

These barriers could affect the progress of a pupil who attends Woodlane High School in significant ways, including;

  • Low aspirations.
  • Low engagement in school life.
  • Low prior attainment.
  • Slower progress.
  • Increased behaviour difficulties.
  • Low attendance and punctuality.
  • Low reading/writing/numeracy ages.
  • Increased difficulty accessing the curriculum.

For further information please visit the DfE website by clicking here.