The Government requires schools to publish information about how we use Pupil Premium Funding (PPF). PPF is money which we receive from the Government for initiatives, to help ensure pupils meet their full potential both academically and socially. The amount of funding which we receive is based on the numbers of pupils in our school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) or Children who have been looked after (fostered or in care) continuously for more than six months and pupils from ‘service’ families are also included. Pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years are also included in the allocation calculation (known as the Ever 6 measure). From September 2014, all children in key stage one, which includes Reception, Year one and Year two, are entitled to a free school meal. Parents who are on benefits and meet the above criteria are still encouraged to apply for additional funding known as pupil premium funding. This benefits the school and helps increase your child’s attainment. It is really important for the school to receive funding so please complete the form which is on the North Yorkshire website or ask for a copy from the school office. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium funding as they wish – but are held accountable, and must report on how the funding has been used to support children.
The range of provision the school may consider spending the PPF on includes:
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
- 1:1 support for pupils who are two sub levels age related expectations or who are not making the expected progress
- Small group support for children who are one sublevel below age-related expectations
- Resources aimed at raising standards, particularly in reading and mathematics.
- Specialised intervention programmes to improve pupils standards in reading, writing or maths.
All our work through the pupil premium is aimed at accelerating progress, moving children to age-related expectations in reading, writing and maths. Pupil premium resources are also used to target able children in receipt of pupil premium to achieve a good level of development in reception, and above national age-related expectations at the end of years 2 and 6. At Woodfield Community Primary our main priority in the allocation of this grant is to ensure that every child gets Quality First Teaching. This priority is supported by the Education Endowment Fund, a research body which states that the most effective use of Pupil Premium is to raise the standard and expectation from all practitioners in school. We are developing a "no excuses" culture at Woodfield - every child can, and will achieve, no matter what their academic starting point.