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Pupil Premium Allocation

Pupil Premium:

The Pupil Premium allocation is an additional £935 payment made to a school, that is attached to each of those pupils who receive free school meals under the Ever6 measure.  Pupil Premium is reported on annually at the end of the academic year.

Guidance states that Pupil Premium funding should be used for “raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and closing the gap with their peers.” The 2018/19 expected budget is £37,400. In the academic year 2017/18 (census data from April 2018), Woodlane had 42 out of 95 pupils - 44% (£39,270) receiving Pupil Premium funding. The previous year (2016/2017) our total allocation received was £58,220. In 2015/16, this was £57,035 which highlights a significant fall in numbers receiving PP.

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. More information on how this funding is spent is included in our Additional Funding reports below.


Use of Pupil Premium 2018/19:

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. 

Specific areas for improvement supported through Additional Funding (including Pupil Premium):

(see the School Improvement Plan 2018/19 for further information).

  1. Close the gap in terms of outcomes achieved and progress for pupils in receipt of pupil premium.
  2. Further improve the behaviour, attendance, punctuality and general well-being of key groups that contain pupils in receipt of pupil premium.
  3. To ensure staff are equipped with increased knowledge and understanding in order to support disadvantaged pupils.

Download the full Additional Funding planning report below to explore in greater detail how PP funding will be used. Reports from 2014-2018 below also demonstrate how this was used effectively in previous years.


Pupil Premium 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 or watch our presentation on Pupil Premium funding at Woodlane High School below.


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