Our school receives additional funding via the Pupil Premium to help ensure that all groups of children have the opportunity to achieve well. Funding is linked to the number of pupils who take free school meals, are ‘Looked After’ or belong to ‘Service Families.’ and also now includes Early Years Pupil Premium for 3 and 4 year olds.
The Pupil Premium is an amount of money allocated by the Government to schools for:
- Children of statutory school age from low income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM)
- Children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months
- Children whose parents are currently working in the armed forces
The DFE offer the following guidance on how the Pupil Premium is to be spent:
“In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility…[Schools] will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families.”
The purpose of the information in the documents available to download from this page is to inform parents, carers and governors how much Pupil Premium was received by Wold Academy for 2014-15, how it was spent and the impact it had on pupils’ achievement. It also outlines the proposal for how Pupil Premium will be spent in 2015/16.
Wold Academy is located in the electoral ward of Derringham. Nationally only 24% of electoral wards are more deprived than Derringham ward and 14% of the Derringham ward area falls within the most deprived 20% in the Country. The percentage of pupils eligible for FSM in 2013/14 was 28.7 and in 2014-5 was 30%, just above national. This is perhaps lower than would be expected and parents have been encouraged to apply for FSM for their children. This is possibly due to free infant school meals and lunch time meals in Hull only costing 50p.
Early Years pupil premium
This is additional funding for early years setting to improve the education for disadvantaged 3 and 4 year olds. In 2015/16 each child receiving pupil premium will be funded £302.10 for the full 570 hours stated funded provision.
At Wold Academy:
- we ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
- we ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially 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 socially disadvantaged.
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.
2014-15 Pupil Premium Funding
Wold Academy received a total pupil premium budget of £180,700 for the academic year 2014-15. This money was used to fund a range of activities, initiatives and staffing. For a full breakdown, including the impact the spend had, please see the left-hand side of the page.
2015-16 Pupil Premium Funding
Wold Academy received a total pupil premium budget of £179,520 for the academic year 2015-16. The Early Years pupil premium funding budget is £4,500. Having carefully considered FSM needs within the School, the action plan detailed in the document on the left-hand side of the page, sets out how this money will be used to fund activities, initiatives and staffing.
The key priorities are:
- Behaviour and nurture: To support pupils who have been identified as needing specific nurturing, self-esteem building and friendship work.
- Wave 2 Interventions: Reading, writing and maths: increase attainment for disadvantage children and narrow the gap to non
- Wave 3 Interventions: Reading, writing, and maths: increase attainment for disadvantage and SEND children narrow the gap to non.
- Attendance: To improve punctuality and increase attendance.
- Aspiration and enrichment: To extend children’s experiences and promote aspiration.
- Early Years provision: To develop early speech and language skills.
Sports Premium Funding
The government is spending over £450 million on improving physical education and sport in primary schools. Schools can choose how they use the funding to best improve their sports provision, sport participation and attainment.
Details of how we allocated the grant for the academic year 2014-2015 can be viewed by downloading the document on the left-hand side of the page.