Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Strategy at WRPA

Willoughby Road Primary Academy is situated in the top 20% of the most deprived schools in the country.  89% of the pupils reside in the top 10% of most deprived homes in the area.  The number of children who are eligible for FSM is 54.7% (Raise 2015) which is above the national average and the majority of these children also have additional learning needs.  Children start at the Academy with skills and understanding well below those typical for their age with very few children entering the Academy on track to meet GLD by the end of EYFS.  

Pupil premium is additional funding intended to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.  The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) will be used to improve outcomes for the children for whom the grant is given in line with current Academy priorities.

Through focussed CPD, targeted interventions and emotional support we are striving to eliminate barriers to learning and progress for our most vunerable pupils.  By carefully tailoring the curriculum to the needs of our learners and having high expectations that will raise aspirations, we will ensure that progress is accelerated and we diminish the differences; moving children to at least age related expectations. 


Summary of PPG Spending Academic Year 2015/16

Pupil premium is matched to each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (EVER6) or children of service families. CLA by the Local Authority draw down additional funding via the PEP process.   

A variety of strategies have been supported through the PPG.  

The development of a behaviour and inclusion team ensures that vulnerable children are referred to agencies in a timely manner.  It also means that should a child experience a moment of personal crisis there is someone suitably trained to attend to them.

Our Learning Mentors offer significant personal support to very vulnerable families across a range of issues from attendance, welfare, SEN, behaviour support, parental engagement to bereavement counselling and therapy/coaching.

There has also been the opportunity to provide specific interventions in the form of counselling services and therapeutic play.  These activities are proving invaluable with some of our most vulnerable children and are enabling them to work through a variety of personal issues and circumstances.  We ensure that all pupils can benefit from accessing a range of support programmes.

Part of the PPG has been allocated to on-line subscriptions for a variety of educational programmes including Mathletics, Bug Club and Education City.  These programmes allow our vunerable pupils to access age appropriate support at home that would not otherwise be there.  Time has been allocated outside of lessons for those children who do not have access to these programmes at home.

Breakfast has continued to be provided for all children throughout the year and this has had a positive impact on childrens attitudes and readiness for learning.  This has had a significant impact on our most vunerable pupils and has allowed us to make sure no learning time is lost. 

Allocation of the PPG to first hand experiences and learning beyond the classroom has enabled our most vunerable pupils to access the curriculum in a way that would otherwise not be possible.  This has had a positive impact on the engagement of these pupils and enabled good progress to be made.

Full details of our Pupil Premium Spending 2015-16 is available in the document below.

Planning for the current year is available in the second document