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Pupil Premium

What Is The Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help narrow the attainment gap between children eligible for FSM, LAC, E6, and their non-disadvantaged peers.

This year, we have 22% of our key stage 3 and 4 cohort who qualify for Pupil Premium, and in 2018 the allocation is £351,560.  This money will be used to help disadvantaged pupils overcome any barriers to their learning, and to ensure they reach their full potential.

 

What Are the Barriers To Learning?

As a school, we avoid stereotyping our pupils who qualify for Pupil Premium funding, and recognise that they are a diverse group who face different barriers, or even none at all.  However, some of our disadvantaged pupils experience:

  • Lower attainment than their non-disadvantaged peers at key stages 1 and 2,
  • Less than expected progress in some subjects in Years 8, 9 and 10,
  • Lower attendance rates in the primary sector,
  • Lack of family finances, resulting in an inability to support the individual’s talents and skills,
  • Low aspirations,
  • A selective system which filters a larger proportion of FSM students to non-selective schools,
  • Less support at home for self-study,
  • No quiet places at home to study,
  • Less developed oracy skills, particularly in formal situations,
  • A lack of revision material for Year 10 and Year 11 pupils,
  • Limited access to books, ICT and resources to support out of school learning.

At Westlands, we regularly track pupils’ data to identify any evidence of underachievement, (not just low attaining students), and respond to pupils’ individual needs rapidly.  We aim to make creative, evidence-based decisions that are adapted throughout the academic year, and which include a wide range of interventions. 

 CLICK HERE to view the full Westlands School Pupil Premium Strategy

 

Summary Information:

Academic Year

2018/19

Total PP budget

£351,560

Date of most recent PP review

 

Oct 2018 (Internal)

Total number of students

1685

Number of students eligible for PP

 

376

Date for next internal review of this strategy

Jan 2019 (Internal)

 

 

*2016 data is based on legacy GCSE’s graded A*-E


Are you claiming your entitlement to FSM?

Visit Kent County Council’s website where you can find out more about claiming your entitlement

http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals

Travel passes for school pupils and school transport

http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-transport

 


Year 7 Catch Up Funding

In 2018/19 the allocation is £30,500

Number of students on roll in Year 7 = 328

Total number of Catch-up premium students =  111 (34% of the year group)

Reading Only

Maths Only

Both

Number of students

Percentage of cohort

Number of students

Percentage of cohort

Number of students

Percentage of cohort

82

25%

88

27%

59

18%



 In 2017/18 the allocation was £29,208

Number of students on roll in Year 7 = 307

Total number of Catch-up premium students = 141 (46% of the year group)

Reading Only

Maths Only

Both

Number of students

Percentage of cohort

Number of students

Percentage of cohort

Number of students

Percentage of cohort

117

38%

99

32%

75

24%

 

Success of catch up funding:

Reading: 110/117 met their target, with 86 of those exceeding their in-school target.

Maths: 96/99 met their target, with 47 of those exceeding their in-school target by the end of Year 7. 

 

Areas money has been spent:

  • Accelerated reading programme (RADAR reading)
  • Additional guided reading sessions
  • Resources to support learning
  • Small group and 1 to 1 tuition
  • Supporting weakest students within nurture groups (specific teaching within the B block area)