What is the pupil premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as pupils from less deprived families. Currently, the premium is worth £1320 and goes to students who are currently on Free School Meals (FSM) or has been registered for (FSM) in the past six years. Pupils in care, who have been looked after by local authorities for more than six months also continue to qualify for the Pupil Premium.
Why is there a pupil premium?
Pupils who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2014 GCSE statistics showed that 36.5% of disadvantaged students achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared with 64% of their fellow students. This is an attainment gap of 27.4 percentage points.
How many pupils at Woodside are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
In 2018-19, 41% of pupils at Woodside are eligible for the Pupil Premium.
How is Pupil Premium funding spent to improve outcomes for children?
The governing body and the leadership team work closely to ensure the funding available is used to provide high quality support that will impact on pupils' outcomes and wellbeing. A Pupil Premium Strategy is devised and the strategy statement for 2018-2019 can be found here.