We have high aspirations for all our children. Staff are committed to ensuring that all children, regardless of their background, achieve well. At our school, we create an environment which enables us to develop the ‘whole’ child. We aim to ‘diminish the gap’ for our disadvantaged pupils.
What is pupil premium?
Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools to improve the attainment of children who may be at a disadvantage. The government believe that this is the best way to tackle inequality and narrow the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. The pupil premium funding is intended to directly benefit those children who are eligible. This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure children reach their full potential, both academically and socially.
Pupil premium funding is given to schools for:
- Children who are currently eligible for free school meals.
- Children who have qualified for a free school meal in the last six years.
- Children who have been looked after under local authority care.
- Children whose parents are service personnel.
Our Principles of Pupil Premium Funding:
- We expect quality first teaching that meets the needs of all pupils.
- We ensure that the needs of children who receive the pupil premium funding are adequately assessed and addressed.
- When making provision for pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged.
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged. Each intervention will be inclusive of children receiving the pupil premium grant.
Willesborough Junior School’s Pupil Premium funding for the recent academic years are as follows:
2016-2017 = £176,200
2017-2018 = £171,941
2018-2019 = £154,110
We spend our funding based on the needs of our children in overcoming the barriers that they may face. These have been identified and outlined in the school’s strategy statement (see below).