‘Pupils feel safe and their behaviour is outstanding.’

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Pupil Premium Report

The Pupil Premium is a grant of additional funding to the main revenue a school receives. It is targeted at children from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as children from less deprived families.

This academic year (September 2017-July 2018) the Pupil Premium is worth £1,320 per pupil who is currently in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM). Any child who has been in receipt of FSM in the last 6 years is also covered by this funding (known as Ever6/E6).

Q: What is the rationale for its existence?

A: Government statistics clearly demonstrate pupils who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their schooling perform worse at GCSE than those pupils who have never been eligible, when analysing whole school populations in terms of academic performance and pupil deprivation factors.

Q: How many pupils at Wilkes Green Junior School are eligible for the Pupil Premium?

A: Wilkes Green Junior School has 359 pupils on roll. Currently 46% (rounded figure) of pupils on roll are known to be eligible for Free School Meals.

Q: Not applying for Free School Meals – Issues for parents consideration

A: Free School Meals is a benefit awarded in respect of children under the age of 19 where the parent or guardian is in receipt of one of the benefits shown below:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IB JSA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit
  • The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance

Currently parents and guardians in receipt of any of the above can apply to receive FSM.
When entitlement is not claimed this results in Wilkes Green Junior School potentially missing out on funding entitlement. A smaller Pupil Premium Grant for our school means eligible pupils are potentially disadvantaged in terms of their academic achievement.

The process is anonymous. No one is able to publicly identify individual pupils or families in receipt of Free School Meals.

Q: How is Wilkes Green Junior Accountable for its use of Pupil Premium funding?

A: The headteacher and governing body of Wilkes Green Junior School are accountable for the impact of pupil premium funding in the following ways

  • performance tables, which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
  • required to publish details online each year of how the school is using the pupil premium and the impact it is having on pupil achievement. This information must include:
    1. our pupil premium allocation for the current academic year impossible
    2. details of how we intend to spend our current allocation
    3. details of how we spent the previous academic year’s allocation
    4. how it made a difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils
  • Ofsted school inspections (since September 2013) report on the attainment and progress of pupils who attract the pupil premium. This is often referred to in Ofsted publications as Closing the gap.

Wilkes Green Junior School is a three form entry school in Handsworth. We provide schooling for pupils in Year 3-6 from 8:55am –3:20pm each day. We also provide before and after school clubs for some of our pupils to attend everyday each week. It is of prime importance to us as a school that our pupils have high aspirations and ambitions. We believe every pupil should reach their maximum potential. We seek to promote and foster in them a desire for knowledge, self-improvement and experience personal success both academically and socially. To this end we identify and break down barriers to learning, social cohesion and achievement at the individual pupil level of schooling.

Our economically and culturally diverse school community is a precious asset we utilize and exploit to the full, for the betterment of the whole institution and theindividuals it is comprised of. Our school community includes varying percentages of FSM, SEN and EAL pupils. Each and every pupil is viewed as being of equal value and the expectations we place on them to achieve their best in all areas of their school life are the same for each and every child, relative to their personal potential to achieve. To ensure all our pupils flourish the school provides personalised, targeted support wherever need is identified.

As the case with all schools nationally, we receive pupil premium funding where appropriate criteria are met and our responsibility is to maximize the effectiveness of these monies for our pupils’ benefit.

Our key objective is to close the gap between two different pupil groups as identified by government policy. Our school is publicly renowned for offering all our pupils the opportunity to make good to outstanding progress. Department for Education records show at a national level, pupils from economically deprived families (eligible for free school meals at some time in the last 6 years) perform less well as a group than those who have more affluent parents. As a school our objective is to reduce this inequality of progress and attainment.

Many of children enter our school with low attainment in national Key Stage 1 performance terms. We work with them to eliminate barriers to learning and progress through targeted incidents of intervention to ensure they make accelerated progress and reach age related performance expectations pertinent to them as they progress annually from year group to year group until they leave us at the end of Key Stage 2.

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