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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.” At the start of the academic year 2019/20, Woodlane has 44 pupils eligible for PP, (44%). This equates to an expected budget of £41,140. In the academic year 2018/19, (census data from April 2019) Woodlane received Pupil Premium funding for 40 out of 94 pupils on roll, (37%), equating to £37,400. In 2017/18, (census data from April 2018), Woodlane had 42 out of 95 pupils, (44%), leading to £39,270 of Pupil Premium funding. In 2016/17 the total allocation received was £58,220 and in 2015/16, this was £57,035 which highlights a significant fall in numbers receiving PP from academic years 2015/2016. See the PP evaluation documents on the school website for details on how money received was allocated and spent. Progress towards this year’s goals is described later in the document.


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.


Use of Pupil Premium 2019/20:

Specific areas for improvement are planned to be supported through additional Funding (including Pupil Premium) for the 2019/20 academic year. Woodlane groups these areas for improvement under the following headings:

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

Woodlane uses Pupil Premium funding to meet the aims above. See the Woodlane SEF and SIP 2019/20 for further information or explore the planning document below.

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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