Pupil Premium



What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011 to provide additional funding for children from low income families to help ensure they make progress in line with their peers. Pupils qualify for Pupil Premium funding if they have, at any point, received free school meals, are classed as CLA (Child looked after) or from families with parents in the armed services. Schools receive Pupil Premium in addition to main school funding and it is their responsibility to direct funds so they support the learning of disadvantaged children.

Pupil Premium at Woodland CPS

For the academic year 2019/20 Woodland School will receive a budget of £231,000

Below is a break down of how funding will be allocated

Area Targeted for Funding

Reason / Evidence

Pupils / year groups targeted

How will impact be measured?



3 additional class teachers

The Governors at Woodland are clear that the link between class size and pupil progress is important. They are committed to keeping class sizes low so that individual children’s progress can be accurately measured.

By employing a greater number of high standard teachers across the key stages we are able to keep class sizes small and keep single aged classes.

Small class sizes are crucial at Woodland so teachers can give extra support and focus to all children.

Foundation stage

Key stage 1

Key stage 2

Performances of disadvantaged and non- disadvantaged termly during pupil progress meetings will be reviewed. 


Maintain a high support staff ratio in each cohort to support teaching and intervention

Woodland School utilises a rotational teaching format for both English (where appropriate) and Maths lessons. This means that for each hour, every child is taught by the teacher, supported by the TA and works independently for a given time slot. This maximises use of TA time and enhances assessment of children.

To ensure this happens, we employ 2 support staff in each cohort (Reception to Y6) utilising a proportion of PP funding to allow this.

In the previous years we addressed phonics attainment at Year 1 and reading levels at KS1 as these were below national averages. PP funding was used to train staff to deliver the READ, WRITE Inc programme and this has had a positive affect on academic progress in these areas. This academic year we will continue to maintain the levels of progress which were achieved in 2019.

As always our support staff will continue to help address progress of PP children through additional targeted intervention directed by the class teacher

FS pupils

Key stage 1 pupils

Key stage 2 pupils

Analyse performances of children identified as target children on P.O.T. grids


Employ a team of pastoral support staff.

Children at Woodland who experience emotional or behavioural barriers to learning, will be supported by a designated team of staff. Their aim is to provide support both in class academically and outside the classroom developing social skills. This system of support is not only essential for helping the identified children but ensuring other learners are not disrupted.

Pupils across all phases.

Trends for disadvantaged children’s attendance and persistant absenteeism to be monitored

£10, 000 (partial subsidy only – remainder funded from main budget)

Employ a learning mentor

(10 hours)

For certain pupils, making progress during lessons can be limited due to more severe personal or social issues which may not be addressed by the Pastoral Team. By employing a learning mentor during morning hours we are able to target these children, provide support and ensure they have a positive attitude towards learning. Our learning mentor is also responsible for addressing issues of attendance which as our data shows has had a positive impact over the last three years.


Pupils across all phases.

Trends for disadvantaged children’s attendance and persistant absenteeism to be monitored


Run a walking bus service.

To support our commitment to raising levels of punctuality, attendance and maintain effective safeguarding procedures, PP funding is used to employ staff who pick up and escort children safely to school from our local area.

Pupils across all phases.

Maintain high levels of attendance and punctuality.


Breakfast club

Providing a breakfast club offers many benefits to children and their families - improves learning, attendance and behaviour at school, punctuality, healthy eating, social development, and fun through play.

Pupils across all phases.



Maintain a minibus for school purposes.

A minibus has been purchased by school to provide free transport to and from school for those pupils (PP and otherwise) to support attendance and punctuality, The minibus will also be used to provide transport to / from events in order to address increasing costs of coach companies

All pupils



Provide learning enriched hands on experiences.

Every key stage delivers the curriculum through a creative theme approach. These change on a half term basis and range from animals to the stone age. Pupil premium entitled children have their trips and in school experiences subsidised by school so that costs to families are kept to a minimum.

Pupils in all key stages.




This comes to an estimated cost of £227,800. Remaining funds are used for intervention training for staff to provide extra support for both pupil and non-pupil premium pupils. It is also used to purchase resources to ensure children receive practical based learning in a fun and engaging way.

Any additional funding requirements for pupil premium children is met through school’s main budget.