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West Hill Primary Academy

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Pupil Premium

What is the ‘Pupil Premium?’


Introduced in April 2011, the Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that provides additional funding aimed at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The Pupil Premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential by accelerating their progress. This year the amount allocated to each qualifying pupil is £1300. This ensures that the school is able to target resources where they are needed most to address inequalities.


It is for schools to decide how to spend the pupil premium funding they receive.  At West Hill Primary Acdemy we use the funding we receive to purchase additional resources and to address both the academic and pastoral needs of our children to ensure they make good progress and achieve well.


The Government has used pupils entitled to Free School Meals and those who are looked after as an indicator for deprivation. Therefore it is really important to make sure all children who qualify are registered for Free School Meals even if you choose to send a packed lunch for them. If you are entitled to Free School Meals your child would also be entitled to free milk on a daily basis.


Please ask us if you think you may be entitled – or click on the attachment below to see if you might be and pop into the school office or see the website here.

Our Aim

To ensure that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are able to make the same progress as, or better progress than, their peers.


Our Principles

At West Hill we believe that extra-curricular activities and the opportunity to enjoy educational trips and visits should be open to all children, irrespective of family income. Every child has the right to feel inspired, to achieve academic success and to grow emotionally and socially during their time at West Hill.


We use our Pupil Premium funding to achieve these goals by:

  • Ensuring that teaching and learning across the school is at least of a ‘good’ standard. Robust monitoring ensures that all children are engaged, supported and challenged in order to make excellent progress.
  • Providing opportunities and ‘life-experiences’, which the children might not otherwise have access to. These include trips and clubs.
  • Seeking to ensure that disadvantaged children attend school with the same regularity as their non-disadvantaged peers.
  • Promoting positive behaviour for learning across the school to support an environment, which empowers all children to make excellent progress.
  • Supporting pupils, parents and carers in order to help them to deal with the pressures of modern life. This may involve counselling sessions for pupils with emotional needs. Subsidised access to breakfast and after school clubs will also be offered.


West Hill Primary School – A Summary of the Impact of Pupil Premium

Our most recent OFSTED report in March 2013 identified that ‘the school has been successful in promoting equality of opportunity for all pupils.’ It went to report that ‘The gap in attainment between those pupils who are eligible for pupil premium funding and the rest is narrowing as a result of the governing body’s decision to target the funds explicitly on additional support for individual pupils, including a programme to boost their achievement in mathematics.’  It continued to state that ‘The school’s own assessment data show that, in all year groups, those pupils who benefit from pupil premium funding are beginning to reach similar levels of attainment, as measured by their average point scores, to other pupils in the school in both English and mathematics.’


The funding has been used well to give adults additional training to support eligible pupils, however now that we are in 2017 we believe that improvements can be made in closing the gap between Pupil premium students and non-pupil premium students even further across the whole school.  We will do this by promoting equality of opportunity in learning by providing pupils with extra help in lessons, in small groups or individually as required.



How will we adapt our approach this year in light of our results?

In September 2016 the appointment of a new Deputy Head who will lead on Pupil premium will enable a greater focus on the progress and achievement of all students but with a strong emphasis on disadvantaged students. The deputy head teacher is given overall responsibility for leading the school’s Pupil Premium strategy.  With the support of Five Assistant Head teachers (Upper KS2, Lower KS2, KS1, Foundation and Inclusion) the school will closely monitor and track the performance of disadvantaged students – challenging staff and phase groups to improve rates of progress within all year groups. Performance data will be efficiently tracked using the system (EAZ MAG Writer) that will give up-to-date data and enabled quick sub-group comparisons, especially PP eligible vs. non-PP eligible. This system will be used by all leaders and teachers across the school. During Pupil progress meetings regular progress reports will be presented to the senior leadership least 5 times a year. Stronger communication links to the governing body of PP performance will verify and challenge progress data.  One Governor will be responsible for the Pupil Premium Link and will take part in Pupil Premium Evaluation days held at least 3 times a year.


With the changes to the end of KS1 and KS2 end of year assessments, achieving the age related expectations will be even more of a challenge, especially for disadvantaged students. We believe that Quality first teaching is the best possible intervention for any child, supported by good leadership and collaboration. Therefore, we have taken a proportion of the Pupil Premium funding this year to support the development of teaching and learning around our key whole-school priorities, which all impact on improving the performance of disadvantaged students.  Additionally, our key whole school priorities will further improve differentiation, increasing independent learning opportunities and improving the effectiveness of feedback.  All of which will also help accelerate the progress of these students.


Based on the attendance data from last year’s PP children we will continue to strengthen relationships between home and school. With the support of the PSA, West Hill will look at the interventions available to address pupils’ poor attendance, including any persistent absence.


This year we are especially looking to work more collaboratively with other schools and leaders to share best practice and ideas about improving outcomes for disadvantaged students. We would like to continue to regularly attend network meetings along with the other Dartford FLO’s and PSA’s.  The IM will also work closely with professionals from other local schools, external agencies, LIFT (Local Inclusion Forum Team Meetings) and SENCO forums.  At these meetings we will continue to share good practice and information on local activities and courses, etc.


Projected Spending For 2016/2017

We plan to continue to further increase and develop our support measures in 2016/2017. In total we expect to receive £ 59,080 for 41 pupils. Our planned spend is shown in the document below.


Item Cost
After school clubs  
Eden Counselling £3,900
Year 6 Residential Experience £4,000
Learning Experiences £5,000
Assistant Head Teacher – Inclusion Manager £4,000
Parent Support Officer – Attendance & Family Support £4,000
Personal Needs Support £2,000
Precision Teacher & Inventions £5,660




Projected Spending For 2015/2016

We plan to continue to further increase and develop our support measures in 2015/2016. In total we expect to receive £43,560 for 33 pupils. Our planned spend is shown in the document below.


Item Cost
1:1 Pupil Support £11,000
Eden Counselling £3,900
Year 6 Residential Experience £4,000
Learning Experiences £5,000
Assistant Head Teacher – Inclusion Manager £4,000
Parent Support Officer – Attendance & Family Support £4,000
Smaller Year 6 Classes – January to May £4,000
Personal Needs Support £2,000
Precision Teacher & Inventions £5,660


Review of 2015/16 strategies which have impacted on Pupil Premium

In 2015 -2016 West Hill Primary School received £43,560 for 33 pupils in Pupil Premium Funding. We targeted our funding in the following ways:

  • Changes to the staffing and leadership structure
  • Providing 1: 1 pupil support and personal needs support
  • The appointment of additional teaching staff to support pupils’ learning within year 6
  • The extra provision provided by the Parent Support adviser and counselling to address emotional and social needs of pupil premium students
  • Additional Teaching and TA support interventions including precision teaching, phonics (Read, Write Inc), Speech and Language, Reading, play therapy, Talk Time
  • Targeted funding for the year 6 residential experience
  • Provision of Speech and Language teaching assistant and training for the role
  • Providing the opportunity for all children in Key stage 2 to learn a musical instrument
  • Results for pupils at the end of Year 6 demonstrated that the improvements to the provision and additional support for intervention groups have made a positive difference to the attainment of our year 6 PP students. The school must continue to demonstrate that this improvement in the progress made by pupils across all other age ranges and the percentage of pupils working at age related expectations continues to increase.
  • The improvement in PP eligible student outcomes in 2015 has given teachers and leaders across the school confidence that their efforts and strategies are having a genuine impact and it has galvanised our commitment to eliminating under performance of disadvantaged students.
  • The drive for improving outcomes for disadvantaged students was given a high profile across the school. A number of whole-staff training sessions were held and teaching strategies and ideas were shared. Lesson observation, work scrutiny, learning walk and student voice recording documents were amended to ensure that the progress and achievement of disadvantaged students was closely evaluated. The high priority given to disadvantaged students over the last year has played a significant factor in the rapid improvements seen in the summer results. There is still much to do to eliminate the gap and this remains a key whole-school priority for West Hill School.



Reporting On 2014/2015

We received £49,400 for the academic year 2014/15 and this money will be used in conjunction with the other funding received to provide more opportunities for disadvantaged pupils. At West Hill we will use these performance tables to monitor and evaluate our use of the Pupil Premium. The progress made by pupils receiving Pupil Premium funding is closely monitored by teachers and senior leaders. The effectiveness of our Pupil Premium spending is reported to governors regularly.


Item Cost
1:1 Pupil Support £9,850
Eden Counselling / Project Salus £8,400
Year 6 Residential Experience £2,150
Learning Experiences £8,000
Assistant Head Teacher – Inclusion Manager £12,530
Parent Support Officer – Attendance & Family Support £3,000
Personal Needs Support £2,470
Precision Teacher & Inventions £3,000



Summary of 2013/2014

In 2013/2014, the school received £34,200 pupil premium funding, which was used to help provide the children with appropriate support to make the expected progress in their learning. Pupil Premium was used to help fund:

  • Early morning sessions
  • Music lessons
  • School trips
  • 1-2-1 TA support
  • HLTA support
  • Homework club
  • Installed wireless technology
  • Development of data analysis