The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It was allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium for 2012–13 was extended to students who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever6 Free School Meals measure). Schools also receive funding for children who have been placed in the care of the local authority, and a smaller amount for the children of service personnel. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they are accountable for how they use the additional funding to support students from low-income families and the other target groups. New measures have been included in the performance tables that show the achievement of pupils who attract the Pupil Premium.
The Year 7 Catch Up Premium was introduced in 2013. This is allocated to students who did not achieve a level 4 in either Maths or English at the end of Key Stage 2. This funding should be spent on supporting these students to improve their Maths and English levels and to try and provide the best opportunities to allow them to catch up with other students in their year group. Once again, schools are free to spend this Premium as they see fit.
At Woodbrook Vale, we have introduced and developed a variety of intervention strategies to help support students who have qualified for the Pupil Premium. We have studied the Sutton Trust Report which is a Teaching and Learning Toolkit which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged students. All staff have received training on the findings of the Sutton trust report focusing on Quality First Teaching of all students including those who are disadvantaged. As a result of our research we have listed in the action plan attached the way in which we will raise standards for these students as well as the cost and how we shall measure the outcomes. The Pupil Premium Action plan is frequently reviewed by the Assistant Head Teacher in charge of Pupil Premium allocation.
In the September 2015 the School received an independent external review of Pupil Premium. The review was very positive and indicates that Woodbrook Vale are working well to ensure the funding is spent appropriately on reducing the Pupil Premium attainment gap.