Warden Hill Junior School

Pupil Premium - Strategy 2016/17 (Historical)

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

 “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” Source - DfE website.

Amount of Pupil Premium Funding Received 2016-17

 Number of Pupils Eligible 95
(including 1x LAC) 
 TOTAL PP Received £140,080




Identified Barriers to Educational Achievement

Warden Hill Junior School (WHJS) has identified the following as barriers for some of the pupils currently in receipt of Pupil Premium (PP):

  • Access to improved language.
  • Access to improved educational opportunities.
  • Parental engagement with school - especially regarding attendance at information and workshop evenings and completion of homework.
  • Low prior attainment – including the number of pupils who are in receipt of Pupil Premium and also on the SEND register for cognition and learning.
  • Behaviour – pupils with specific social and emotional needs which affect their learning.

Rationale for expenditure

Accelerated progress is required for PP pupils in several areas across the school, most notably Mathematics and Reading. A PP teacher has been allocated to work with Year 6 for two afternoons each week with particular focus on pupils not on target to achieve the expected standard in Maths and Reading. A further experienced teacher is also working in Year 6 for one afternoon a week, targeting PP children. Additional Teaching Assistant (TA) hours have been allocated to provide further support for the Early Bird Reading programme and also the Homework Club – both of which actively target PP children at risk of underachievement. Many of the PP pupils’ parents are unable to afford to pay for school trips, residential and music tuition. In order to support their learning in all areas of the curriculum and to build confidence, the school has allocated funding to pay for these additional expenses throughout the academic year.

Key Expenditure - How the allocation will be spent

Reference Barriers to Educational Achievement Actions Intended Outcome Allocation
PP1701  Access to improved language  Early Bird Reading (TAs) Pupils have time to read to an adult when they might not otherwise have an opportunity to at home.  Reading attainment improves and progress is made. £9,080 
PP visit to book shop and purchase of book. Children able to experience excitement of new books and have a real impact on books purchased for the school library.
ESOL course (10 x pm with CS) Training in order to support specific children.
PP teacher led small group work (MQ) Children show improved progress in mathematics and reading/grammar.
PP1702 Access to improved educational opportunities Funding for residential trip in Y6 (C/Hall) Social skills are developed through participation in a range of off-site activities provided by the school or external providers.  £75,000
Funding for residential trip in Y5 (D/Farm)
Aspiriational trip for Y5/6 Pupils enjoy the experience of being away from school and are keen to participate in chosen activities.
Participation in O2 Young Voices. Children have the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of the O2 and sing with thousands.
Contribution to visiting Theatre groups. Children experience a wide range of curriculum enrichment through visiting theatre groups.
Booster classes in Year 6. Maths and English booster classes after school, small groups ranging from 3 - 10 children.
SLT tracking of PP children / admin time. Targeted tracking of all children, with a specific focus on PP - data fed back to all staff.
Dedicated PP Teacher (1 term). Teacher working with small groups of PP children, focusing on gaps and test strategies.
Access to Music Services. Children have opportunity to learn music delivered by Luton Music Service.
Increased resources for IT infrastructure (Clevertouch boards, laptops, tablets). Pupils enjoy using resources such as laptops and tablets to complete games/tasks that consolidate learning.  Learning styles can be catered for.
PP1703 Parental engagement Family Learning sessions for Maths and English. Parents able to help children at home as they are better informed on the methods used by their children. £3,500
Homework Club. Children attend Homework Club, some with parents, allowing them to complete work on time and ask for help if needed from adults in attendance.
Improved attendance - Attendance Officer Role (JP) Improved attendance figures of PP children.
SEND drop-in sessions. Parents have better understanding of ways to support their child's learning.
Coffee mornings. Parents feel more comfortable engaging with the school.
PP1704 Low prior attainment Access to Mathletics for Y4, Y5, and Y6 Children have access to Mathletics at home and at school through early morning and lunchtime classes. £42,000
Achieving Outstanding Progress for All - Cambridge Ed. CPD External staff CPD raises ability of staff to deliver appropriate and challenging lessons and activities with appropriate differentiation for PP children.
Learning conversations. P children receive two learning conversations with their teacher each half term.
Termly Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings for parents. Parents are kept up-to-date with the progress of their child through these detailed meetings where targets and progress against those targets are reviewed.
SEND meetings for class teachers. Regular SEND meetings for class teachers and the Inclusion Manager allow the progress of SEND/PP children to be checked and acted upon.
Small group interventions.  Targeted small group and 1:1 interventions
PP1705 Behaviour T.K Therapy/Therapeutic Intervention Improved behaviour for learning. £10,500
Team Teach training. Training for all members of staff who would be in direct contact with a vulnerable PP child. 
Sherwood Training.
Nurture Group Work (CS)
Lunchtime provision for additional clubs (SH) and additional adult support at lunchtimes for specific children. Additional provision of an adult to support vulnerable PP children at lunchtimes.
Access to the Lantern Behaviour Provision.
Total £140,080


How will the School Measure the Impact of the Pupil Premium? 

To monitor progress on attainment, new measures have been included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium. At Warden Hill Junior School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. Review meetings will take place a t each milestone (approximately every 9 weeks) and will include a member of SLT.

At each PP Strategy Meeting the school will review the impact of actions taken and will plan accordingly. When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils who are not eligible for PP who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.

Pupil Premium funding and the impact of this is a regular item at the governors meetings.


Designated staff member in charge: Mr. Tim Hayden

Pupil Premium teachers: Mrs Marion Quick, Mr Charles Nelis

Nominated governor: Mrs Zubia Malik


Date of next Pupil Premium Strategy Reviews: 

3rd October 2016, 3rd February 2017, 30th March 2017, 18th May 2017, 13th July 2017

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