Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium at Wantage CE Primary School.

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Pupil Premium funding is available to:

  • local authority maintained schools, including special school and pupil referral units
  • voluntary-sector alternative provision with local authority agreement
  • special schools not maintained by the local authority
  • academies and free schools, including special and AP (Alternative Provision) academies

Pupil Premium, using additional resources from outside the School’s Budget, is intended to address the current inequalities by ensuring funding reaches the pupils who need it most.


Funding Financial year 2015 to 2016

In the 2015 to 2016 financial year, schools received the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
  • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
  • Schools also received £1,900 for each pupil who left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
  • Adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate. Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the local authority that looks after the child. The DfE have agreed that it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within their responsibility.

Pupils in year groups Reception to Year 6 whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence received £300.


Pupil Premium at Wantage CE Primary School

At Wantage CE Primary School we have always strived to ensure that all children make good progress. Our pastoral care and vigorous monitoring and tracking of all pupils help us to identify any pupils who are at risk of not making sufficient progress and have helped us to plan and implement good intervention strategies. The profile of our school shows that 15.7% of pupils were eligible for Pupil Premium funding in the financial year 2016 – 2017 and that the school received £89,760.


Nature of Support

Support at Wantage CE Primary School takes many different forms and has been used to enhance provision specifically for individual children and thereby promote learning and deepen engagement and to provide, as needed, pastoral support through, for example, access to Emotional Literacy Support. Funding has also been used to ensure that children are not disadvantaged in taking part in wider curriculum opportunities (e.g. Residential Trips). As the school places a high priority on the support of all children, additional funding from the school budget is used to supplement the funding provided by government.


Other sources where funding goes:

  • Quality First Teaching with additional teaching staff to provide targeted teaching
  • HSLW (Home School Links Worker) salary to improve attendance and provide parenting support
  • Teaching Assistants in all classrooms
  • Continued Professional Development for teaching staff and teaching assistants
  • The development of the library and additional resources to engage reluctant and more able readers
  • Setting up of a dedicated nurture room together with nurture groups to include staffing/resources
  • Introduction of Read Write Inc. This is a method of learning round letter sounds and phonics to aid children in their reading and writing
  • Residential and other trips
  • Various interventions to provide additional support to reading, writing, maths and social development





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