What is pupil premium?
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantages pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
Pupils premium funding is available to:
Local-authority-maintained schools, including:
- Special schools (for children with special educational needs or disabilities)
- Pupils referral units (PRUs (pupils referral units) – for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)
Academies and Free Schools, including:
- Special academies (for children with special educational needs or disabilities)
- Alternate provision (AP (alternate provision)) academies (for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)
- Voluntary-sector alternative provision (AP (alternate provision)), with local authority agreement
- Non-maintained special schools (NMSS (non-maintained special schools) – schools for children with special educational needs that the Secretary of State for Education has approved under Section 342 of the Education Act 1996)
At Woodlands Academy we see our Pupil Premium as being a tool to help all of our students to achieve their full potential. Through the provision of a targeted, stimulating curriculum that supports every individual in our care and enables them to grow socially and academically we aim to break down the barriers and enable all children to succeed.
Using Pupil Premium effectively
The Education Endowment Foundation produced a teaching and learning toolkit to help teachers and schools effectively use the pupil premium to support disadvantaged pupils. Its families of schools database helps teaches learn about effective practice from similar schools. It has also produced an evaluation tool to help schools measure the impact of the approaches they are using.
Woodlands Academy receives approximately £30 -36,000 per year. This funding is allocated to support the 44% of pupils who receive ‘Free School Meals’ and 17% who are ‘Looked After Children’. At The Woodlands Academy we use our Pupil Premium in many different ways.
The development of ICT provision to enable all students to access all areas of the curriculum.
Purchasing the resources, the training and employment of suitably qualified and experienced staff to enable the provision of bespoke Literacy and Numeracy Interventions.
As a school we are proud that our main focus is to develop your child as a whole person, ensuring that they have the academic skills and life skills necessary to lead a full and productive life post 16.
What are our plans for the future?
At Woodlands Academy we value feedback from parents as we work in partnership to enable all members of our community to succeed. As such we are delighted to tell you that in the coming year we will be extending our use of Pupil Premium to include among others:
The provision of qualified Counsellors who are available at set points in school to help our students who have difficulties controlling their emotional state.
How did we use our Pupil Premium funding during the 2017-2018 school year?
At Woodlands Academy our Pupil Premium for 2017-2018 was £38,236 and was used to support our students in many different ways.
It enabled us to extend our provision of bespoke, targeted intervention programmes where the development of key skills in the Literacy and Numeracy are central. In order to facilitate this extension of provision we used £30.201 to pay the salaries of staff. £1,000 was spent in training of staff to ensure that provision was well informed and up to-date with current practice and to add literacy resources.
We were able to implement a Social Skills and Team Building programme where we targeted Pupil Premium students and worked with them in a small group setting to develop their self-esteem, self-confidence, positive self-image and social skills.
We were able to fund provision of a Counselling programme for those we felt required it.
What impact has this had?
Within English 67% of pupils who receive Pupil Premium made expected or above expected progress.
Students not attending school were supported through the provision of a bespoke Truancy and Inclusion Mentor programme.
In Math’s 83% of FSM pupils made expected or above expected progress. This has been accelerated by the reintroduction of Numeracy Recovery last academic year, which has enabled pupils to receive 1 to 1 help and support with their specific difficulties.
How will this year’s Pupil Premium funding be used?
This year our Pupil Premium Funding will be in the region of £35,000. This funding is allocated to support the 44% of pupils who receive Free School Meals and 17% who are Looked After Children.
As a school we are proud that the main focus of our work is to develop your child as a whole person, ensuring that they have the academic skills and life skills necessary to lead a full and productive life post 16.
As such in the coming year we will be extending our use of Pupil Premium within our interventions programme to include among others:
- The resourcing and provision of a bespoke Truancy and Inclusion Mentor Programme which will enable us to facilitate learning for those students with attendance in lessons or school below 92%.
- The continued provision of counselling support for our Pupil Premium students.
- The purchase of IT equipment and resources for use within our intervention provision. These resources will include IPads, apps that develop reading and numeracy skills among others.