Pupil premium is a designated amount of money that the government allocates to each school, based upon a number of factors which are linked to the perceived deprivation of certain pupils within a school. This money is intended to be spent directly or indirectly on those pupils who are considered vulnerable because they are not meeting National Expectations in terms of attainment.
At Whitehall Park, we believe that every child has the right to achieve, succeed and thrive. We have high aspirations and ambitions for all of our children. We are driven by our belief that every child should have the opportunity to learn, make progress and fulfil their potential. As a school community, we work together collaboratively to carefully assess and monitor each child and to tailor learning opportunities to enable every child to realise their full potential.
Our pupil premium money will be utilised in a range of ways that we believe will have the greatest impact on those who are entitled to receive this additional funding. We will use it to provide a range of additional support for our children and our intention is that these specific interventions will have a significant impact on children’s learning and progress and so their attainment.
Our key focus in determining effective use of the Pupil Premium Grant is to narrow the gap between pupil groups to ensure that every child is able to make at least good progress. Nationally, children who are entitled to Free School Meals have historically achieved less well than their peers. At Whitehall Park, we intend to ensure that the gap is closed for all groups of pupils and we will carefully monitor any trends in attainment for specific individuals or groups to ensure we can maximise the efficacy of our interventions and support.
Information for Pupil Premium at Whitehall Park School
22% of children at Whitehall Park School are eligible for free school meals. This is roughly in line with school locally and nationally.
How do we decide what to use pupil premium for?
This is driven by the school leadership team and is based upon careful discussions, observations, assessment and monitoring. In collaboration with practitioners, leaders analyse the school data each term and make recommendations for the expenditure. The majority of our pupil premium is spend on strategies to raise attainment and close any gaps in attainment for children eligible for free school meals. Strategies that we have employed include:-
- Supporting families with uniform and clothing requirements
- Providing financial support for Extended School provision, enrichment opportunities, visits and trips.
- Teaching children in smaller class sizes and in small groups for key aspects of the core subjects
- Running focussed interventions, including 1:1 tuition for specific children identified through pupil Progress Meetings
- Recruiting additional teaching support staff and funding out of class leadership team member
For more information about precisely how we intend to use our Pupil Premium funding allocations for 2015-16, please click here.
To find out more about the impact of our 2014-15 Pupil Premium funding, please click here.
If your child does not have free school meals but may be entitled because of your family income level, please contact the office (in confidence) for more information. Even if you do not wish for them to have the meals, registering them would mean that the school could claim Pupil Premium funding which could help your child.