At Bishop’s Waltham Junior School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority.
The pupil premium grant is funding to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in state-funded schools in England. In the financial year 2023-24, pupil premium spending will increase to almost £2.9 billion.
We want to support all schools to use the wealth of evidence of ‘what works’, evaluated by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), to use this funding effectively.
The following groups are eligible for pupil premium:
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”
Source - DfE website
This table shows how the pupil premium grant is allocated to schools and local authorities in financial year 2023-24, based on per pupil rates.
|Pupil eligibility criteria
|Amount of funding for each primary-aged pupil per year
|Amount of funding for each secondary-aged pupil per year
|Funding is paid to
|Pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years
|Pupils previously looked after by a local authority or other state care
|Children who are looked after by the local authority
Service pupil premium is additional funding for schools with pupils who have parents serving in the armed forces. It has been combined into pupil premium payments to make it easier for schools to manage their spending.
Pupils in state-funded schools in England attract the service pupil premium grant, at the rate of £335 per eligible pupil in financial year 2023-24, if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
This funding is primarily to enable schools to offer pastoral support and help mitigate the negative impact of family mobility or parental deployment. It can also be used to help improve the academic progress of eligible pupils if the school deems this to be a priority.
At Bishop’s Waltham Junior, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure.
We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the schools own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.
In place of the current requirements regarding information about pupil premium expenditure, schools are now required to publish their 'PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY.' by the end of December each year. Please click on the link above to view the Pupil Premium Statement for BWJS.
This should include
1. The current academic year: (2023-2024)
2. In the previous academic year:
Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching have started to have a positive impact on children’s attainment and self-belief.
Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the schools aims is to ensure that ALL groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school.
Targeted support is being provided through one-to-one and small group tuition in Years 3/4 and 5/6. Senior leaders also provide additional support through interventions/targeted tutorials in Years 5 and 6. These interventions support children in knowing where they are and what they need to do to improve their work.
Increasing Parental Engagement has also been a focus at the school. A range of learning opportunities have been provided to help parents develop their own skills in English and maths - to make them better equipped at supporting their children at home.
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures have been included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. At Bishop’s Waltham Junior School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. Review meetings will take place at each milestone (approximately every 9 weeks) and will include a member of Senior Management, teachers, TAs and the Pupil Premium Tutor.
At each milestone, the school will review the impact of actions taken and will plan for how the funding will be specifically allocated over the next phase. When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils who are not eligible for PP who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.
Pupil Premium Funding and the impact of this is a regular item on the governors’ School Improvement and Resources committees.
Designated staff member in charge: Mrs Katherine Daniels (Deputy Headteacher) email@example.com
Pupil Premium Tutor: Mrs Louise Wright
Nominated governor: Mr Robin Shepherd
A parent may wish to check their child's eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2) and HC3S has an online system for this.
You will need to enter your name, address, national insurance number or asylum support service number. In addition, you will need to provide your child's name, date of birthand identify the school they are attending.
Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:
Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.
For more information about free meals in Hampshire, please contact HC3S on 023 8062 9388
If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child, please speak to the headteacher.
If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals, please call into the office to collect a claim form. Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school.
You may be aware of recent projects introduced by the Government aimed at removing or reducing ‘Period Poverty’. The school has applied for, and has received, supplies of sanitary products in sufficient quantities to allow us to support the pupils at BWJS. Therefore, a range of free supplies are available from us for any pupil in need. Requests will be handled carefully and sensitively. Pupils can either see Mrs R Mars or Mrs Shuker; parents and carers can contact either of them directly by email.
Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs R Mars with any queries that you may have.