Disadvantaged Budget & Catch Up

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.  Pupil Premium is currently worth £935 for each child of secondary school age who met the criteria.

On this basis Willowfield will receive £309,485 for the 2018-19 financial year. With an anticipated small increase in roll indications are that the school will receive a slightly larger sum for 2019-20. On this basis the school has allocated a pupil premium budget of £311,043 for the academic year 2019-20.


The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.

Pupil premium has also funded Summer School Programmes for disadvantaged pupils to support their transition to secondary schoos.


The government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the pupil premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:

  • the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers

  • the Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium

  • the reports or online statements for parents that schools have to publish

There is certain information that must be in the online report:

  • the school’s pupil premium allocation in respect of the current academic year;

  • details of how it is intended that the allocation will be spent;

  • details of how the previous academic year’s allocation was spent, and

  • the impact of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school, in respect of whom grant funding was allocated.


Details of the arrangements for funding the pupil premium for Willowfield School can be found on the links below.

Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded schools additional funding to support year 7 students who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of year 6/key stage 2 (KS2). Students scoring at least 100 will have met the expected standard on the test. 

We identify students who need extra support from the year 7 catch-up premium, and we decide the best way to use the funding.

We also use the question level analysis function (QLA) in the Analyse School Performance (ASP) service, formerly RAISEonline, to identify specific areas to focus on with our new year 7s who haven’t reached the expected standard in key stage 2 tests. QLA gives a breakdown of individual pupils’ performance in each question and element of the three KS2 tests:

  • mathematics
  • reading
  • grammar, punctuation and spelling.

We provide in-class intervention through English and maths teaching and we also provide additional interventions based on individual student needs. We only select programmes and approaches that you know are effective. For example, we have used the funding in the past to pay for:

  • individual tuition
  • intensive small-group tuition
  • external services and materials
  • summer schools that help students catch up over a short period of time.

We use independent assessment tools and teacher assessments to measure the progress our year 7 students make over the year in reading and maths.

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