Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils. Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility.
- Pupils recorded in the school census who are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) in any of the previous 6 years.
- Pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care.
- Children who are looked after by the local authority.
Service pupil premium (SPP)
Service pupil premium is additional funding for schools, but it is not based on disadvantage. It has been combined into pupil premium payments to make it easier for schools to manage their spending.
Schools get £310 for every pupil with a parent who:
- is serving in HM Forces
- has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence
This funding is to help with pastoral support.
Total funding for 2021-22 = Ever 6 £116970
At Weobley High School we recognise that the key to success, is a whole-school approach to quality first teaching, which sets high expectations for all pupils. We look to implement a wide variety of strategies, at the heart of which is identifying each individual’s barriers to learning.
Weobley High School will target spending across 3 main areas.
To improve the progress and attainment of disadvantaged students by investing in high quality teaching.
- Targeted academic support
To provide additional support for some pupils focused on their specific needs.
- Wider approaches
To provide support for non-academic issues that impact success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional challenges.
Our intent is to enrich the lives of all our pupils, no matter their background or prior attainment. We aim to both raise achievement of all our learners, as well as ensuring that we close the gap between our pupil groups. The provision will support pupils allowing them to achieve the best grades that they can and to help them to develop into well-rounded adults who are capable of contributing positively to the wider community.
- Improved attainment among disadvantaged pupils across the curriculum. Close the attainment gap at KS3 and KS4.
- To decrease the number of pupils working below expected progress at KS3 and KS4.
- To increase the numbers of disadvantaged pupils making expected and more than expected progress at KS3 and KS4.
- Increases in the reading ages of disadvantaged pupils.
- Improved attendance of our disadvantaged pupils across all year groups.
- Improved aspirations, confidence and self-esteem of disadvantaged pupils.
Possible barriers to future attainment are both complex and varied. At Weobley High School we do not look to pigeon-hole disadvantaged children, but look at each pupil as an individual.
Barriers to attainment for pupil premium pupils may include:
- Lower levels of literacy skills that prevent pupils making good progress. This impacts their progress in all subjects.
- Lower levels of numeracy skills that prevent pupils making good progress.
- Disadvantaged pupils achieve less well than non-disadvantaged pupils when they leave secondary school.
- Lower attendance of some pupils reduces their school hours and affects learning and progress. Our attendance data indicates that attendance among disadvantaged pupils is lower than for non-disadvantaged pupils.
- Lower aspirations and self-esteem has a detrimental impact on academic progress.
- Challenges outside of learning impact upon learning and their life chances. Some pupils have social/emotional barriers, which affect their learning and progress.
- Lack of resources/equipment to fully access all parts of the curriculum.