Pupil Premium and Recovery Funding

Pupil premium is a designated amount of money that the government allocates to each school, based upon a number of factors which are linked to the perceived deprivation of certain pupils within a school.   This money is intended to be spent directly or indirectly on those pupils who are considered vulnerable because they are not meeting National Expectations in terms of attainment.

At Watling Park, we believe that every child has the right to achieve, succeed and thrive. We have high aspirations and ambitions for all of our children. We are driven by our belief that children should have the opportunity to learn, make progress and fulfil their potential.   As a school community, we work together collaboratively to assess carefully and monitor each child and to tailor learning opportunities to enable every child’s success.

Our key focus is to narrow the gap between pupil groups to ensure that every child is able to make at least good progress.

Nationally and historically, children who are entitled to Free School Meals have achieved less well than their peers. At Watling Park, we intend to ensure that the gap is closed for all groups of pupils and we will carefully monitor any trends in attainment for specific individuals or groups to ensure we can maximise the impact of our interventions and support.

We use a range of intervention strategies to provide children with the additional support and challenge that they need in order to accelerate progress and, for some children, to eliminate barriers to learning so they are equipped with the tools, skills and experience they need to reach age related expectations and as they move through the school.

Information for Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium funding for 2022/23 at Watling Park School

50% of children at Watling Park School are eligible for free school meals or are entitled to the Pupil Premium Grant – this has risen by 15% over the last three years.

How do we decide what to use Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium funding for?

We have planned our spending carefully for the academic year 2022/23 to ensure that it will be spent to maximum effect. We have a link advisor who takes responsibility for Pupil Premium. We have taken the following into consideration when allocating expenditure:

  • Ensuring that spending is directly linked to closing gaps in attainment
  • Making use of our attainment and progress data to allocate effective interventions, including the allocation of additional adults
  • Ensuring that we effectively evaluate the impact of challenge and support where necessary
  • Ensuring that support is allocated that enables wellbeing and self-esteem that, in turn, facilitates effective learning and progress
  • Ensuring that children who are identified as more able and who have entitlement to pupil premium funding are challenged and supported



To view our Action Plan for the 2022/23 School Pupil Premium Strategy (which includes the Recovery Premium fund spending) please click here this also includes our review of the impact for 2022/23 pupil premium spending.

If your child does not have free school meals but may be entitled because of your family income level, please contact the office, in confidence, for more information.

Even if you do not wish for them to have the meals, registering them would mean that the school could claim Pupil Premium funding which could help your child.

For Pupil Premium impact of spending 2020-21 please click here.

For Pupil Premium impact of spending 2019-20 please click here.

For Pupil Premium impact of spending 2018-19, please click here.


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