Pupil Premium at Wye School

Introduction to the Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support particular groups of pupils who are known to be at risk of underachievement and to close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for pupils, from reception to Year 11, who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who have been eligible for FSM in the past six years (Ever 6). The Pupil Premium is £935 per pupil for 2016-17.

The Pupil Premium Context at Wye School

Wye School is a free school which opened in September 2013. Our PAN (Published Admission Number) is 90 per year group. We currently have Years 7-10 within the school and 20% of these students qualify for Pupil Premium (compared with the national average pupil premium figure of 26%).  

Our provision is enhanced through personalisation, to ensure maximum impact and raising of aspirations for individuals. Our approach is rooted in the Secrets to Success Pupil Report, as detailed below:

General characteristics of a well-spent Pupil Premium:

  • Proper analysis of where pupils are underachieving and why.

  • Good use of research evidence, including the Sutton Trust’s Toolkit, when choosing activities – our focus is on effective feedback and meta-cognition.

  • Focus on high quality teaching, rather than relying on interventions to compensate.

  • Frequent use of achievement data to check effectiveness of interventions

  • Systematic focus on clear pupil feedback and advice for improving their work.

  • Designated senior leader has clear overview of the funding allocation.

  • All teachers are aware of their Pupil Premium children so they can take responsibility for progress.

  • Strategies are available for improving attendance, behaviour or family links.

  • Performance management of staff includes discussions about Pupil Premium children.

Year 7 Catch Up Premium

This is a premium awarded for year 7 pupils who in key stage 2 assessment data did not achieve level 4 in reading or mathematics

Planned Impact of the Catch Up Premium

Through careful allocation of the Catch Up Premium we plan to accelerate the progress of students with low levels in Maths and Reading beyond that of their peers.

Targeted Group Support

  • Lexia – Electronic reading software programme.

  • Accelerated Reader programme

  • Library upgrade with targeted books

  • Graded Reading Programme

  • Phonics resources

  • Maths booster groups

  • Numeracy: kinaesthetic resources

  • Student support assistant – specific support for several PP students targeted for numeracy and literacy and pastoral support.

  • Reduction in class sizes for core subjects


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