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Pupil Premium Funding

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.” In the academic year 2018/19, (census data from April 2019) Woodlane had 35 out of 94 pupils on roll who are in receipt of PP funding, (37.23%). In 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. 


Use of Pupil Premium 2018/19:

Specific areas for improvement supported through Additional Funding (including Pupil Premium) 2018/19: (see the Woodlane SEF and SIP 2018/19 for further information).

1. Close the gap in terms of outcomes achieved and progress for pupils in receipt of pupil premium, specifically by:

  • refining subject specific qualifications and the curriculum on offer to ensure they are accessible and suitable to the needs of both the PP cohort and their peers.
  • closing the 50% gap in the proportion of 'Girls' who meet and exceed expected outcomes in Maths and the 10% gap in the proportion of 'Girls' who exceed expected outcomes in Maths.
  • further closing the 15% gap in terms of outcomes met and exceeded in the core subjects, between pupils receiving pupil premium and their peers, and close the gap in progress in Science, between PP pupils and their peers, and between WBRI pupils and their peers.
  • raising the proportion of pupils with Primary Need – ‘Other’ who exceed expected progress in the core subjects.

2. Further improve the behaviour, attendance, punctuality and general well-being of key groups that contain pupils in receipt of pupil premium, specifically:

  • further improve the behaviour of key groups, 'Black African' 'White Other' 'Girls, particularly Year 10' 'ASD' and 'SEMH’.
  • further improve the attendance of key groups, 'White/Black Caribbean', 'Any other Black Background' and 'Girls'. 
  • further improve morning punctuality of named pupils who independently travel to ensure pupils are present for the start of tutor/assembly.
  • refurbish the playground environment and equipment to ensure it is more conducive to positive play/activity.

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

  • develop and shape new Lead Practitioner role to ensure EHCPs are reviewed/delivered effectively and PP pupils meet their EHCP outcomes;
  • raise the quality of TA and Apprentice support to consistently outstanding to ensure the vast majority of pupils make substantial and sustained progress;

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


Areas of Success (from this reporting cycle - 2018/19):

  • Pupils receiving pupil premium, (99.59%) made greater progress comparative to their peers (98.91%) in the core subjects.
  • The 15% gap in outcomes reduced significantly to less than 4% between pupils receiving PP (92.16%) and those who do not receive PP, (95.95%) in the core subjects.
  • All pupils in Science met expected progress in the Summer Term regardless of PP or Non-PP.
  • The PP gap for progress in English and Maths is small and both groups made outstanding progress.


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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