Pupil Premium

Since 2011, the government has provided additional funding to schools aiming to tackle the disadvantages that some children experience in life. Pupil Premium funding is targeted at children who are entitled to free school meals, children who have been ‘Looked After’ for 6 months or more, and children from families in the armed forces. This funding now includes any child who has been entitled to free school meals in the last 6 years.

Like many schools, we resource provision to overcome barriers to learning and disadvantage from a variety of funding streams, and none are solely funded through Pupil Premium funding. Similarly, we take a more holistic approach to disadvantage or the need for specialist provision, and this is allocated on an individual-needs basis rather than on the basis of Pupil Premium eligibility. However, an analysis of the additional provision the school offers shows that children eligible for Pupil Premium funding are effectively targeted. The school is currently developing a bespoke whole school assessment tracking package, which enables us to evaluate the success of specialist interventions and targeted support, particularly those that might not have a direct or immediate impact on children’s attainment data, such as the involvement of the Family Support Worker.

The school has advanced measures in place to identify barriers to learning for all children, categorised into biological and physical factors (which include pain; hunger and thirst; sleep; significant medical events; and sensory integration), as well as safety and security needs (which include belongingness and love needs; safety needs; behaviour; and attendance). When any of these are a cause for concern, the school has processes in place to address these rapidly, such as fast tracking a referral to sleep, pain or dietetic clinics or working with professionals within or outside school to offer support to children and families.

You can find out how Willow Dene has used this funding to support our children in 2015-16 and how we plan to use it in the coming year in the document below.