The Use, Impact and Outcomes of Pupil Premium at Woodfield School
The Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated by the Government to children deemed to be in particular vulnerable groups. It is allocated to children of statutory school age from low-income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months or children of Forces families. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families. We are required to publish on-line information about how we have used the additional funding. This will ensure that parents/carers and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.

Each financial year we receive funds based upon the number of pupils who are eligible in any of the above categories. We will continue to seek ways to encourage parents and carers to apply for free school meals where pride, stigma or changing circumstances act as barriers to its take-up.

As approximately 20% of our statutory school aged pupils are currently eligible for FSM this affects a significant number of the school population and the school leadership team therefore need to take a strategic and holistic approach to using the funding for the long term benefit of the pupils. The predominant barrier for learning at Woodfield is communication and language; and for some pupils it is physical development. Due to the success of the work carried out over the previous years the Governing Body consider it appropriate to continue to use pupil premium funding to support this key aim of developing communication provision and physical development, whilst also seeking to identify other interventions as appropriate to individual pupils eg rebound therapy, donkey therapy, play therapy. The amount of pupil premium is therefore placed towards continuing to provide additional communication support enabling us to offer targeted individual and group support to improve communication and literacy skills and/or to provide and keep updated specific technological aids as appropriate. No one intervention is appropriate for a whole group and therefore each pupil will have specific targeted work within the broader framework of developing communication. It is also supporting the running of rebound therapy sessions and will be used for other interventions deemed appropriate for individual pupils within the pupil premium group.

We will evaluate the impact of the Pupil Premium as part of our normal self-evaluation and provision mapping arrangements. Measuring the impact of the activities provided with pupil premium funding can be achieved in different ways. We look at progress in core subject areas as well as other areas of development such as independence, self-esteem and confidence. Assessments are made both formally and informally using our school assessment systems as well as feedback from staff and visitors to the school.

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You can view Pupil Premium information for various years by clicking on the appropriate link below.

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2015-16 click here