Warden Hill Junior School

Pupil Premium - Strategy 2020/21

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 2020/21

 Number of Pupils Eligible 86 
 TOTAL PP Received £127,000



In past years the school has supported Pupil Premium (PP) children with their learning in all areas of the curriculum and has worked hard to build children’s confidence. With the current restrictions brought in since the Covid-19 pandemic, some of these support initiatives have not been possible to implement; most notably financial assistance for residential trips and external aspirational visits. In recognition that PP children are most likely to have been hardest hit by the school closure in the Spring and Summer term of 2020, additional spending on tuition and technology, to support remote learning, has been included in the Strategy Plan for 2020-21.


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 (especially for disadvantaged boys).
  • 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.
  • Lost school and learning time caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Lack of access to technology for home/remote learning.

Rationale for expenditure

Accelerated progress is required for PP pupils in several areas across the school, most notably Reading and Mathematics. SLT and other non-classroom based teaching staff work with Year 6 several sessions each week with particular focus on pupils not on target to achieve the expected standard in Reading and Maths. Teaching Assistants (TAs)  across the school are taking additional groups, which include Pupil Premium children, during non-lesson time to work on core mathematics and reading skills.

Key Expenditure - How the allocation will be spent

* Items highlighted were to be in the Strategy Plan but due to the current restrictions due to Covid-19 they are not possible to action. Should some form of normality return this academic year then we would look to see which of these actions were feasible in the time remaining. Costs have not been allocated to individual items due to uncertainty with the current Coronavirus restrictions. A full spending review will be carried out at the end of the year. 

Reference Barriers to Educational Achievement Actions Intended Outcome Allocation
PP2101  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. £9,000
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 school library.
Under attaining PP children targeted for inclusion in additional reading groups. Under attaining PP children close the gap on their peers and achieve target.
PP2102 Access to improved educational opportunities.

Aspirational trips for Year 5 (University visit) and Year 6 ( Theatre visit).

Pupils enjoy the experience of being away from school and are keen to participate. £65,000

Contribution to visiting theatre groups.


Children experience wide range of curriculum enrichment through visiting theatre groups.

'Extended Day' in Year 6 for English and Maths.

Mathematics and English sessions are delivered after school, with PP children specifically targeted.
SLT tracking of PP children / admin time (especially PP boys. Targeted tracking of all children, with a specific focus on PP – data fed back to all staff.
Additional Mathematics groups in Year 6. Smaller groups allow targeted help, leading to improved standards.
Access to Music Services private instrument tuition. Children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument delivered by Luton Music Service.
Mathletics provided for the whole school.

Mathletics allows children access to this excellent educational product outside of school.

PP2103 Parental engagement

Family Learning sessions for Mathematics and English (Mathletics evening session).

Parents able to help children at home as they are better informed on methods used by their children. £8,000
Homework Club.
After school on Wednesdays and lunchtime sessions within each year group.
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 (personal invites). Parents feel more comfortable engaging with the school.
PP2104 Low prior attainment Al children have access to Mathletics. Children have access to Mathletics at home and at school. £33,000
INSET by guest speakers (questioning, differentiation, spelling, mathematics). External staff CPD raises ability of staff to deliver appropriate and challenging lessons and activities with appropriate differentiation for PP children.
Learning conversations. PP children receive two learning conversations with their class teachers 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 led by Teaching Assistants (TAs). Targeted small group and 1:1 interventions.
PP2105 Behaviour Therapy support in school Improved behaviour for learning. £12,000
Sherwood Training. Training for all members of staff who would be in direct contact with a vulnerable PP child. 
Nurture Group Work (CH). Development of social skills within class bubbles.
Lunchtime provision for additional clubs 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. Support for challenging behaviour through in reach/outreach work.
Total £127,000


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 at 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 T. Hayden

Nominated Governor: Mrs Z. Malik


Date of next Pupil Premium Strategy Reviews: 

16th October 2020, 1st February 2021, 22nd March 2021, 17th May 2021, 12th July 2021

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