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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is an additional funding provided by the DfE that is allocated to specific groups of children between the ages of 5 and 16, who may be disadvantaged by virtue of family circumstances. It is used to support their progress and attainment.  Whatfield CEVCP School has a policy on Pupil Premium which is published on this website under 'Policies'.


Pupil Premium funding is received for pupils who are:

  1. Eligible for free school meals, or have been in the last 6 years (Ever6)
  2. “Looked After” i.e. in care, fostered or adopted
  3. From a service family i.e. Army, Navy or RAF


For pupils in groups 1 the amount allocated in  2014 was £1300 and in 2015, 2016 and 2017 was £1320.   For pupils in group 2 the amount allocated was £1900 in 2016 and 2017.  For pupils in group 3 the amount allocated in 2017is still £300.


At Whatfield CEVC Primary School we offer a curriculum that that is rich, diverse and personalised to meet all the needs of pupils, including those who are eligible for pupil premium funding.


We celebrate the good progress and the achievements of all our pupils, including those who are eligible for Free School Meals and those who are “Looked After Children” or come from a military background.   We have systems in place that track and monitor pupil progress. We also set individual targets for pupils that are reviewed regularly.


CURRENT ALLOCATION: This year (2017/18)  we have been allocated £7956  in total, which was derived from pupils with a mixture of the backgrounds detailed above.  It has been used in a variety of ways over the years, including access to the 'Kudos' programme which was designed to raise self esteem and aspiration, in conjunction with the Suffolk constabulary.  Teaching assistant support was also budgeted for,so that pupils were able to access drawing and talking therapy, socially speaking activities, spelling interventions and gym trail.  Additional Teacher assistant time also enabled Qualified Teachers to work with much smaller groups.  Funding was also used to support pupils attendance on educational visits and activities. The funding also subsidised clubs, and allowed for pupils to have one piece of uniform free. The school budget also supported this, since governors have a policy of inclusion, and so have spent more than the pupil premium allowance on ensuring all pupils have access to these opportunities, especially for those in families which are hard-pressed, yet just above the pupil premium requirements.  We have also purchased time from a specialist Maths Teacher to enable pupils to access quality tutoring in small groups to support learning, from a speech and language therapist in partnership with Bildeston Primary School to support early language skills and from a play therapist, to support the emotional and behavioural needs of some pupils.


IMPACT: Our SAT's results in 2015 and 2016 showed the positive effect these measures have taken.  100% of our disadvantaged pupils in year 6 attained expected levels for reading, writing, GaPs and maths. In 2015 100% of our disadvantaged pupils attained level 5 in their reading, Maths and GaPS tests, as well as 100% achieving level 4+ in Reading, Writing and Maths, and making 2 levels progress, which is well above the national average. Pupils feel fully part of school life, through support for uniform and educationall visits, and have a very positive attitude to school (shown through attendance and attainment measures). In 2017 we had no disadvantaged pupils at year 6.


PREVIOUS YEAR'S ALLOCATION: In the financial year 2016/17, Whatfield CEVCP School received £6,160  of pupil premium funding. This funding was derived from pupils from a mixture of the groups mentioned above.  It was used to provide additional teaching assistant time, through which the pupils were able to access drawing and Talking and sand play therapy, support from a Maths intervention (1st class@ number) social group work, such as socially speaking activities, Beat Dyslexia and gym trail. The additional Teaching Assistant time also allowed teachers to work with the pupils concerned in small groups.  We also subsidised the cost of educational visits and activities.  


IMPACT:  In the 2017 SAT's 100% of year 6 pupils achieved level 4 or higher in Reading and Maths. Throughout the school 67% of the pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding made expected or above progress in Writing, 85% made expected or above progress in Maths and 100% made expected or above progress in Reading over the year.