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Pupil Premium

Due to the closure of schools on 23rd March 2020 because of Covid-19, implementation of the Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-20 was suspended. Westlands Secondary School directed its resources towards supporting eligible pupils to maintain their continuity of learning.

As no KS2 data will be available to benchmark standards for Year 7 pupils on entry in September 2020, the school is taking steps to ensure that meaningful data is generated during Term 1 to identify disadvantaged pupils who need additional support, so that reliable progress targets can be set. The same process is in place for other year groups. For this reason the school will publish its Pupil Premium Strategy for 2020-21 by the end of Term 2.


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 2019 the allocation is £344,625.  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


Total PP budget


Date of most recent PP review


Sept 2019

Total number of students


Number of students eligible for PP



Date for next internal review of this strategy




Current Attainment:

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Year 7 Catch Up Funding

Summary information:

School: Westlands Secondary Schoo;

Acaemic Year 2019-2020 Total Year 7 Catch Up Fund Budget £33,797
Number Of Pupils 360 Number of pupils eligible for Catch Up 141

Prior Attainment:

Number of pupils in year 7 who have attained the National Standards for KS2 English, Maths and both:

English 243
Maths 272
Both 219

In-school barriers to be addressed:

We need to recognise that not all students sat the KS2 SATs examinations and there will also be cases

of students in Year 7, who have not made the National Standard and we do not directly receive

funding for these students from this fund.

Those pupils who have not made National Standard in English/Maths or both will be required to pass

a number of GCSEs and we need to ensure the ‘gaps’ from KS2 are filled through the explicit teaching

of Literacy to the Year 7 B Block group.

Literacy skills entering Year 7 are lower for pupils eligible for PP than other pupils, preventing them from

making good progress.

External barriers that require action outside school (such as poor attendance)

Attendance for students who do not make expected progress is generally lower than expected.

The Lead SENCO and Deputy SENCO in conjunction with the attendance office  monitors the

attendance of all pupils in the B Block classes and those with identified SEN needs on a weekly

basis so we can address any issues which may occur.

Click Here for the full Westlands School Year 7 Catch Up Fund Strategy Review 2019-2020


Review of previous expenditure of Catch Up fund:

Academic Year 2018-19
Total Year 7 Catch Up Fund budget £30,777
Number of pupils eligible for funding  328
Impact on English progress 90% of pupils who were below the expected standard at the start of Year 7 saw progress in their English grades throughout the year.
Impact on reading ages 50% of pupils who were below the expected standard for reading at the start of Year 7 saw an increase in their reading age.
Impact on maths progress 62% of pupils who were below the expected standard for maths at the start of Year 7 saw progress in their maths grades throughout the year.