At Wentworth Primary School, we believe that all children are entitled to an education which allows every child to achieve their potential regardless of their starting point in life or personal circumstances.
What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
The government believes that the additional funding provided for Pupil Premium children is the best way to tackle inequalities, to enable all children to have the best possible outcomes.
Which pupils are entitled to the Pupil Premium Grant?
The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to schools based on the number of eligible pupils from EYFS to Year 6.
Eligible pupils fall into the categories shown below.
Pupils who are currently registered for Free School Meals
Pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point during the last six years
Pupils in the care of a Local Authority;
Pupils who have been adopted
Pupils with a parent serving with the regular UK Armed Forces
Pupils whose parents have no recourse to public funds
How must the Pupil Premium be spent ?
How individual schools use their Pupil Premium grant is left to each school with the expectation that they will strive to close any gaps in attainment and progress between those eligible and other children.
“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 the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (DfE).
Whilst schools decide how they will allocate their Pupil Premium grant, spending decisions must be justified and published within their ‘Pupil Premium Strategy Report’.
In September 2023, the EEF Guide to the Pupil Premium was updated and published.
This supports schools in spending their Pupil Premium grant to maximise the benefit for their students. The report recommends schools take a 3 tiered approach to Pupil Premium spending focusing on:
High Quality Teaching
Targeted Academic Support
It also suggests that schools choose from a ‘Menu’ of evidence based approaches which are proven to be the most effective in improving pupil outcomes.
The tiered model and menu of approaches (EEF)
At Wentworth we use the information and evidence-based research contained within the EEF guidance reports and DFE guidance to inform our spending of the Pupil Premium Grant.
In September 2021, we created a three year Strategy in order to improve provision and raise attainment for all children in receipt of pupil premium funding.
This is outlined in our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement.
At the end of each academic year, we review the impact our Pupil Premium Strategy has had on raising the attainment of children in receipt of Pupil Premium funding and create an action plan for the following year based on these reflections.
Click here to view our Pupil Premium Strategy report - 2021 - 2022
Click here to view our Pupil Premium Strategy report - 2022 - 2023
Click here to view our Pupil Premium Strategy report - 2023 - 2024