The Weatheralls Primary School

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Background and Legal Context

The most important factor in predicting a child’s future academic attainment is prior attainment.
The next most important factor is poverty. Material deprivation can influence educational outcomes by reducing the educational resources that families can provide and by adversely affecting the home environment. Deprivation is commonly associated with other factors which can influence children’s outcomes: ill health; family stress; low levels of parental education and parental involvement in their children’s education; low levels of cultural and social capital; and low aspirations.

As a result, there is a wide gap between the attainment of pupils from deprived backgrounds and others at all educational stages. The additional funding provided through the Pupil Premium was introduced by the government in April 2011 in order to help schools close this gap. Entitlement to Pupil Premium Funding (PPF) is used as a proxy for deprivation. A fixed amount is allocated to schools for each pupil registered for PPF at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than one night, and children of service personnel.

The Department for Education has stated that schools: ‘are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit’. However, as with all public money schools are required to spend the grant for the purpose that it was intended and will be held accountable.

Principles

Expectations are high for all pupil groups and individuals. We do not equate deprivation and challenge with low ability. Not all pupils who qualify for PPF are socially disadvantaged and not all socially disadvantaged pupils qualify or are registered for PPF. We therefore focus on the needs and levels of progress of all pupils. All teaching and learning strategies are designed to meet the needs of individuals and groups. Additional support is integrated into the teaching programme. Research, trialling and self-evaluation are used in order to allocate the funding to activities that are most likely to have an impact on achievement. In providing support we will not socially isolate pupils. Therefore it is likely that all groups receiving additional support will be a mix of PPF and non-PPF pupils.

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Sports Premium

PE Funding

Over the next two years all primary schools in England will receive a grant to improve the teaching and availability of PE for 5 – 11 year olds. At the Weatheralls we will be using this money to train teachers to improve their knowledge and skills in teaching PE; increasing our participation in competitions, both in school and in the local area; and purchasing PE equipment to better resource our lessons.

So far this year, a curriculum coach has worked in KS1 to improve the teaching of gymnastics. Year 3 teachers have recently been on a gymnastics course and are excited about teaching their new skills to their classes. This half term a curriculum coach will be working in KS2 to support the teaching of dance. Year 6 will be working with a licensed football coach too. These professional development opportunities will continue for the next two years.

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Catch Up Funding