Watlington Primary School

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Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.


Aims of the Pupil Premium

At Watlington Primary School, we aim to spend our Pupil Premium funding in the most effective ways. We consider both the academic and social needs of the children in our care. We target the funding well from the outset, being responsive and flexible to individual needs and use progress and tracking procedures to identify the strengths and weaknesses of individual pupils. Effective intervention strategies are used in order to close gaps in the attainment of disadvantaged pupils, particularly within English and maths. These strategies are routinely evaluated and analysed, as is the impact upon pupil attainment. 


Who is entitled Pupil Premium?

Schools receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:


  • £1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6


Schools will receive £2,300 for any pupil:


  • identified in the school census of having left local authority care as a result of:

    • adoption

    • a special guardianship order

    • a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)

  • who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more

  • recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)


For pupils who attract the £2,300 rate, the 'virtual school head' of the local authority that looks after the pupil will manage the funding.



At Watlington Primary School, we are passionate about developing the whole child. Therefore, when making decisions about allocating funding, we consider our children’s:


  • Academic outcomes

  • Enrichment and engagement

  • Wellbeing


Staff will assess children’s achievement and use this information to identify appropriate interventions or approaches to assist in their learning. Any decisions about how to spend the Pupil Premium funding are based on this information.

Please read the pupil premium summary report and pupil premium policy below which gives details of our Pupil Premium funding and how we effectively use allocated funding to best support the children who are eligible.

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