Whipperley Infant Academy School

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Whipperley Infant Academy ‘Learning, Growing, Together’

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium funding is additional to the main school funding and its purpose is to address inequalities between disadvantaged children and those children who are not.  

Schools are currently given Pupil Premium funding of £1,320 per pupil for those whose families who have registered for free school meals (FSM). This includes any child who has been registered for FSM at any point during the past 6 years. The children of members of the armed forces are also entitled to this funding. We also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has been looked after for one day or more; has been adopted from care or has left care under a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangement order.

The money is given to schools to support them in enabling all pupils to reach or exceed the nationally expected level for their age.  Each school may decide how best to use the funding and they are held accountable for how it has been used to support pupils from low income families.

The key purpose of our Pupil Premium funding is to enable all the pupils to reach their full potential. We work with our families and colleagues to make sure everyone involved with the child has the highest aspirations.

We recognise that barriers to achievement take a variety of forms and will do whatever it takes to support a child, both in and out of the classroom.  We use all our resources to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to become an empowered learner.  In order to achieve this we offer our children a wide range of opportunities including a rich and exciting curriculum. 

Pupil Premium Funding Strategy


Pupil Premium Statement 2016-17

Pupil Premium Profile Numbers 83 Children



White British

18 (7 SEN)

White British Boys

13 (7 SEN)


18 ( 4 SEN)



Mixed Heritage Black African and White


Mixed Heritage Black Caribbean and White


Black African


Mixed Heritage White Asian







Individual detailed records are kept for each pupil premium child and access to clubs and events outside the school day. Pupil premium children are a focus of the pupil progress meetings. £116,000 of pupil premium money was received/or due to be received in 2016/17;


Outcomes for pupil premium children 2017


Pupil Premium Children 2017

National other children (not disadvantaged) *2016 national data

Early Years Foundation Stage – Good level of development



Year 1 Phonics Screening at expected level



Key stage 1: Reading working at expected level +



Key stage 1: Writing working at expected level +



Key stage 1: Mathematics working at expected level +






Ensuring children are in school every day makes a real difference to the attainment of our children. By using part of the pupil premium last year to part fund an attendance officer, family support worker and breakfast club we have raised the attendance of PP children in 2017.






Whipperley Pupil Premium Attendance





National for all children in primary schools


(Autumn 2016)

96.4 (Autumn 2015)

96.1% (Autumn 2014)


Last Year 49% of PP children had attendance below 95%, this year only 26% of PP children have attendance below 95%. Last year 17% had attendance below 90% and were classed as persistently absent this year only 5%.


In 2017/18 we will continue to part fund the work of the attendance officer, family worker and breakfast club to ensure that the improving practice is embedded.



Many families have times of serious hardship – during this time we support our families with support to access hardship funds, food bank and supply essential additional school uniform to our families on top of what we usually supply. We also support our families with debt related issues and support access to the professional services such as the citizen advice and housing. This is to ensure that the children have no barriers to attending school- (All PP children are provided with a free sweatshirt, book bag and school milk).

In 2017/18 we will continue to support our families to ensure that children can access school and break any barriers to their attendance.

Lack of rich experiences:

The school is an area of deprivation which has a notably high proportion of adults with low or no qualifications. The children come to school with very limited previous life experiences. This has a serious impact on their ability to make links in their learning on which they can embed their understanding. For this reason we use our pupil premium funding to ensure that we can provide a rich and hands on curriculum which create memories and experiences which the children can “hang” their learning on. This includes trips, visitors and immersive experiences inside and outside school. It also allows us to run experiences for families at the weekends with the help of the staff. Continue to

In 2017/18 we will continue to use PP funding to ensure that our PP children have access to additional opportunities to enhance their learning and ensure that their education is enriching.

Vocabulary and language skills:

The children come into school with low levels of language. Children’s early communication skills are regarded as the single best predictor of future cognitive skills and school performance (Rosetti, 1996). Children who have speech, language and communication difficulties are significantly disadvantaged in their ability to access the national curriculum since “almost every educational skill presupposes the use of language” (Dockrell and Lindsay, 1998). In 2016/17 we invested in training in the Luton Literacy intervention Programme to support children with their decoding skills. We continued to fund training for staff on the importance of vocabulary and the impact is evident across the school.


In 2017/18 we are funding additional support from the education psychologist to support and ensure the programme is embedded. We are also purchasing the British Picture Vocabulary Scale for standard English as well as additional support from the educational psychology service on how to ensure assessment and diagnostic leads to accelerated progress for children.







Expenditure 2016/17


(proposed spending)

Attendance and Hardship.

To ensure that PP children are in school every day and the gap between PP children and non PP children’s attendance is closed

Family packs to support home learning



Family Worker



Attendance officer



Milk, school uniform and book bags



To ensure PP pupils are healthy and able to engage in learning

Breakfast Club for PP and families in crisis



Lack of rich experiences

To widen PP pupils experiences of the wider world

School visitors, trips and outings





To ensure that all PP pupils have access to a broad, exciting and enriching curriculum

After school clubs



Drama Club - Mornings



Vocabulary and language skills

To ensure high quality resources for all Intervention groups /sessions


As appropriate for topic, resources including the purchase of high quality non-fiction texts





To ensure that the gap between PP children and all others is closed especially in phonics

LLIP Programme, training resources



To ensure high quality resources for all Intervention groups /sessions


Educational Psychologist



To ensure that children can access the curriculum with the systematic pre-teaching of vocabulary


Additional level 3 Teaching x 2





Total expenditure