In addition to the standard pupil unit funding, schools also receive additional funding to specifically address inequalities between pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers.
Pupil Premium (£1320) is paid for any pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years. Pupil Premium Plus (£2300) is allocated to Looked After Children and children adopted from care. £300 is paid for pupils classed as Service Children.
It is our responsibility to ensure that all children in our school achieve their potential and in order to do so we seek to meet the individual needs of every child. Pupil Premium will be used and managed by us to enable us to tailor support for identified children in a range of ways appropriate to their needs.
When deciding how to spend the pupil premium grant we look at the potential barriers to learning faced by pupil premium pupils in the context of our school. The reasons for underachievement are many and varied. Each child entitled to the pupil premium grant is unique in their situation and, with this in mind, at Willow Brook we aim to build the capacity and expertise to enable us to provide a highly personalised programme of support in order to allow each child to reach his/her full potential.
Our key objective in using the pupil premium grant is to narrow the attainment and achievement gap between those entitled to pupil premium and those not. Historically pupils at Willow Brook Primary School achieve and attain well, often at levels much higher than those expected nationally. However, there is still a pattern, of pupil premium pupils not achieving as well as those who are not entitled to the pupil premium grant.
We will ensure that:
- A high profile is given to Pupil Premium Pupils
- All staff are accountable for the progress of Pupil Premium children
The progress and attainment of all pupils at Willow Brook is carefully tracked and analysed from a rich field of data in order to draw conclusions and develop action plans. We also make use of educational research in order to decide how best to spend our funding to maximise the opportunities for our pupils.
Our funding priorities for 2018-19 fall into 3 key areas:
- Learning and the Curriculum
- Social and Emotional Support
- Enrichment within and beyond the curriculum
Learning and the Curriculum
- Providing a range of core subject teacher and TA led interventions – mainly delivered on a 1:1 basis.
- 1:1 and small group tutoring
- Smaller classes in Y5 and Y6
- Smaller phonics groups in EYFS/KS1
Social and Emotional Support
- English and maths provision within small nurture group setting
- Support for Breakfast Club funding to facilitate a smoother start to the school day
Enrichment Within and Beyond the Curriculum
- Enriched curriculum opportunities – subsidised trips and visitors, as required and requested
- Wide variety of clubs
- Subsidised residential trips
Each child in receipt of this funding has an individual provision map which details the individual objectives for each child. Impact is measured on a half-termly basis as part of half-termly pupil progress reviews.
We will review our strategy in September 2019