Pupil Premium & Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium

The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Schools receive funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.

Schools also receive funding for each pupil (Pupil Premium Plus) who:

  • has been looked after for 1 day or more
  • has been adopted from care
  • has left care under either a special guardianship order, a residence order, or a child arrangement order

Schools receive a smaller Service Pupil Premium for children from families which have been classed as service families in the last 4 years.

Schools also receive a Catch-up Premium for pupils in year 7 who entered the school with below a level 4 at the end of year 6 in reading or numeracy.

How we spend our Pupil Premium

At Woodlands, we aim to ensure that every pupil achieves their potential. Having carefully analysed a variety of data, in order to maximise the potential of our pupil premium students we have focussed our spending on 4 main areas:

1. Leadership and management (including curriculum)

  • Develop a KS3 curriculum which better meets the needs of all our learners, and is specifically designed to close the achievement gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, in particular by focusing on creativity and mastery
  • Ensure the KS4 curriculum meets the needs of all learners  and provide aspirational opportunities to disadvantaged learners that also maximise the opportunities to close the achievement gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers

2. Teaching and Learning and assessment

  • Ensure that teaching and learning at Woodlands is consistently good and often outstanding with a relentless focus on differentiation to close learning gaps, in particular for our disadvantaged pupils
  • Develop the school’s assessment systems so that they are accurate, consistent and effective in empowering staff to ensure that progress gaps for disadvantaged pupils are closed

3. Welfare, personal development and behaviour

  • Further develop our excellent pastoral systems to such that they provide sustained and effective support for both the academic progress and emotional wellbeing of our disadvantaged students
  • Ensure attendance of our disadvantaged students is improving rapidly towards national averages and the gap between disadvantaged students and their peers is reduced
  • Ensure the learning of our disadvantaged students with behavioural issues is prioritised such that their progress is maintained and ambitious next steps are secured by the time they leave us
  • To create and embed a culture of Growth Mindset amongst our disadvantaged students
  • To ensure that we develop the aspirations of our disadvantaged pupils by encouraging them to access the range of opportunities offered to all of our students

4. Outcomes for children and learners

  • Ensure rates of progress and attainment  for our disadvantaged students is maximised such that the gap between disadvantaged students and their peers is reduced
  • Provide revision and intervention opportunities for disadvantaged students to close specific and identified gaps in their learning

The 2016-17 version of the PPG Raising Achievement Plan can be downloaded here.