At Willesborough Junior School, we are committed to 'diminishing the difference' and improving academic achievement and outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. 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.
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 for more than one day.
- Children whose parents work within the armed forces.
Income and credit based Free School Meals eligibility criteria
- Universal Credit (with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400).
- Income Support.
- Income-related Jobseeker’s Allowance.
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
- Guaranteed element of Pension Credit.
- Child Tax Credit (without Working Tax Credit) and an annual gross income of no more than £16,190.
- A child who is in or was once in the care system for a day or more.
- A child who is adopted.
- You work in the Armed services now or within the last 5 years.
‘Free School Meals’
There are two types of free school meals available from the government:
- Universal Free School Meals (UFSM) entitles every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to a “free school meal”. It is not income based and all children in those year groups can receive them.
- Income and Credit Based Free School Meals is linked to your income and any credits or benefits you may be receiving. Children from Foundation stage to year 11 are eligible. You may be entitled to this if you meet the eligibility criteria.
So… what does it all mean?
If you meet the eligibility criteria for Income and Credit Based Free School Meals, or have done within the past five years, as a school we receive £1,320 each year. The pupil premium that the school receives for your child will directly benefit their education. All schools produce a statement about how their pupil premium funding is spent each year and the impact that it has. Schools must work with disadvantaged pupils to ‘diminish the difference’.
Amount of Pupil Premium allocated to Willesborough Junior school
2016 - 2017
2017 - 2018
2018 - 2019
2019 - 2020
2020 - 2021
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.
The school can spend the Pupil Premium in many different ways to ‘diminish the difference’ based on barriers they have identified and outlined in their strategy statement.
How can I help my child to receive Pupil Premium?
If your circumstances change at any point in your child's education, and you think your child is eligible for Pupil Premium, you can fill in the form, give it to school, and have your eligibility assessed. Please ask in the school office for a Pupil Premium eligibility form or alternatively, you can print off the form below and hand it into the school office.
Some of the exciting ways we spend our Pupil Premium
We have created scrapbooking sessions where families come together with their children to review their learning, hobbies and interests. The aim of the sessions are to provide focused time together in school that supports good well-being, involvement and aspiration for learning. Families who attend create a scrapbook together. Parents and carers take the time to feed back to their child about their learning and achievement. They discuss their child's next steps, targets or learning goals. Each session is different and is improved every time because of the positive feedback we enjoy from parents and children.
We have many fantastic opportunities on offer to support our children to learn to read. Staff in school prioritise reading 1:1 with children who may be at a disadvantage. During lunchtimes we have a library club where children are able to read and access a range of high quality books. Our teachers have created provision for additional reading after the school day, including our 'Books and Bites' and 'Racey Readers' clubs. The children join in with reading activities whilst enjoying a bite to eat.
All of these opportunities support our reading intent - 'Every child will be a reader, regardless of their background, needs or abilities.'.
We provide extra learning support for pupils at all stages of their learning journey. We have experienced teachers who lead 'In the Spotlight' activities across the academic year. All support is needs led and based on children’s individual targets or areas for development.
Our teachers review the progress and achievement of children’s writing in “Wicked Writer” sessions. The children share their writing with their class teacher and set termly SMART targets together, to help move their learning on to the next stage.
We offer many different opportunities and experiences for all our children. They may take part in a range of clubs and activities, themed days, science dome experiences, school trips and visits from inspiring individuals.
Some children receive additional 1:1 and/or small group support with staff from our pastoral team to enhance their readiness for learning. This can take many forms such as: 'Picture and Express', Art Therapy and social skills groups.
We provide additional advice and support to improve attendance for our pupil premium children. We have regular meetings in school and invite parents in to provide help and support with their child's attendance. We expect children to attend school every day and create opportunities for parents and children to attend sessions in school together.