Woodlea Primary School

Woodlea Primary School

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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is additional government funding, which is provided to support the education of those children registered for free school meals (FSM), those children whose parents are in the armed services (CIS) and children who are in care (LAC).  As from April 2013 there has been an annual payment for every FSM, LAC and CIS pupil in the school.

This Financial year each school received:

  • £1,320 for each Free School Meal Pupil
  • £1,900 for each Post Looked After Child
  • £300 for each Children in Service pupil

FSM pupils retain their funding for six years, even if their circumstances change and they are no longer eligible for Free School Meals.  These pupils are termed as Ever Six (E6) children.  CIS pupils retain their funding for 3 years.  It is for schools to decide how to use this funding in order to help the above groups of pupils reach their potential

The funding is used to provide:

  • Targeted support and teaching for pupils who are at risk of not making expected progress.
  • Extra learning support, including extra teaching assistant hours, delivering learning support for children within the classroom environment
  • Enrichment activities such as visits, trips and residential experiences
  • Training and professional development for teachers and teaching assistants

The funding is also used to provide ELSA (Specialist Emotional Literacy) support (0.8 FTE ELSA time).  This support enabled targeted children to access the curriculum more effectively by developing: 

  • Better social skills especially peer relationships
  • Better attendance through supporting parents
  • Increasing skills in anger management, turn-taking and managing emotions
  • Having  closely supported lunchtimes and break times

The progress of children entitled to Free School Meals can be seen as a clear indicator of the success that the school has.  This particular focus group are potentially at risk of underachieving and schools can show, through impact measures and targeted intervention, how these pupils will be able to make expected (or above expected) progress.


Year 2 and Year 6 are key indicators of performance at the end of each Key Stage.  Therefore, these are the best points in their transition through the school to analyse data for school evaluation.

Participation in the wider life of the school

Monitoring and analysis of both child and parent led events show that attendance at non-statutory events by Pupil Premium families is at least in line with the whole school.  Indeed, in some cases, attendance is greater.


In 2017-18 financial year the school received £37,260 based on 28 FSM children qualifying as FSM and 1 children qualifying as CIS.  Please click here for further information.   

In 2018-2019 the school has attracted £42,240 of pupil premium funding.  This funding has continued to be spent on the support listed above.  It has also been spent on the continued provision of the forest school which is mainly targeted at years 1 and 4, although benefits all children across the school as every child attends weekly for one half term over the course of the year.  

There remains a gap between the outcomes for our pupil premium children and our non-pupil premium children in most year groups, although the gap is greatly reduced in years 1 and 5.  Therefore, the school has focussed on providing additional one to one reading opportunities for all pupil premium children across the school.  This is delivered by assistants in some instances and by class teachers in others.