Pupil Premium 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 at Watling Park School
42% of children at Watling Park School are eligible for free school meals or are entitled to the Pupil Premium Grant.
How do we decide what to use Pupil Premium funding for?
We have planned our spending carefully for the academic year 2017/2018 to ensure that it will be spent to maximum effect. We have a link governor who meets the Senior Leadership Team every term and 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.
STRATEGIES THAT WE HAVE DECIDED UPON INCLUDE:
Pupil Welfare and Wellbeing:
- Ensuring that no child is excluded from curriculum enhancement through trips and visits outside school
- Offering extended places at Breakfast Club and after school clubs that are subsidised for those children in receipt of Pupil Premium
- Supporting families with uniform and clothing requirements
- Recruitment of additional non-class based senior and support staff to enable the teaching of children in smaller groups
- Purchase of additional reading books and materials to support progress and attainment
- Professional development through releasing teachers to work with colleagues across the school and the Trust to raise standards and close the attainment gap
- Additional interventions to provide small group catch up sessions, including 1:1 tuition for targeted children
- Allocation of funds for enrichment opportunities
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 overview of spending 2015-16, please click here.
For Pupil Premium overview of spending 2016-17, please click here.
For Pupil Premium spend projection 2017-18, please click here.
Sports Premium Funding
For 2017-18 spend projection, please click here.