What is the pupil Premium?

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 meeting certain criteria and their more advantaged peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. It is to be used to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.


The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is paid to schools based on the number of children registered for Free School Meals at the January census.


In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium (allocated to schools per Free School Meal pupil) is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.


Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit.  However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.  New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.  This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.






At Waseley Hills, our underlying principle is that school should enable all young people to make progress and reach their potential. We know that good teaching, will improve the attainment of our most vulnerable students, and as a school, we invest in this. Our CPL (continuous professional learning) program provides on-going training opportunities for all staff to enable them to create high quality and supportive learning environments for all groups of students.

Using the Pupil Premium                             

The Pupil Premium is an additional funding source allocated to schools specifically to support disadvantaged students. Schools have the freedom to spend this allocation in a way they think will best support raising the achievement of students who have been in receipt of free school meals (FSM) within the last six years. Additionally, Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) is for students who are or have previously been looked after children (LACs). The school receives this as additional ‘ring-fenced’ funding for these students. To be eligible for this PP+ funding. These students need to have been looked after continuously by the local authority for more than six months. The guidelines now state that Looked-after children and children adopted from care, on a special guardianship or child arrangements order are now eligible for PP+ funding (Post LAC)

Waseley Hills is proud of our inclusive culture, reflecting the school’s local community. Our strategy for use of pupil funding responds to a wide range of risk factors and recognises the importance of quality teaching and learning alongside outstanding pastoral support to raise achievement and engagement in learning. With this in mind, we adopt a multi-strand approach to secure positive outcomes for all our students including those deemed disadvantaged.

The key areas around which we deploy Pupil Premium funding are:

1. Improving attendance and punctuality

2. Raising progress and achievement

3. Providing additional support and intervention for our most vulnerable students

4. Strengthening parental engagement

5. Raising aspirations – including quality careers education and work related activity

6. Building social capital and enhancing social mobility



The total amount of Pupil Premium funding received by Waseley Hills for 2018/19 is £105,391

Staff may bid for specific funding to support Pupil Premium students in their departments. These bids will be considered on merit alongside the whole school initiatives and programmes linked to our School Development Plan priorities.

The Headteacher and the senior team will ultimately decide how to best use Pupil Premium funding. However, there are several ways in which the school is held accountable for these decisions, including:

Published school performance tables that clearly show the attainment of Disadvantaged (PP) and LAC students compared to their peers. At Waseley Hills, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring of the cohort’s attainment will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need and impact of interventions.


Scrutiny of whether schools are using their Pupil Premium funding effectively is an integral part of the new Ofsted Common Inspection Framework (CIF). Ofsted will examine the performance of pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding to ensure that any performance gaps are closing.

Use of the Pupil Premium allocation for 2018-19

Supporting school trips/visits


Transport taxi


Happy chick Co. 


My Tutor credits


My Tutor credits


PI /Pearso01 


BE YOU project 


Food ingredients/lessons


Spain 2020 deposit 


Numeracy TLR 


Student Support Centre/TO Room


Additional Teaching Assistant


English and Maths reprographics


Accelerated Reader


Harry Potter Trip 


Staff CPD 





How the Pupil Premium has been used at Waseley Hills School?

The DfE has stated the following: 

“Schools, Head teachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual students”.

At Waseley Hills, we have a sophisticated system to track and assess student progress and this allows us to ensure that any interventions will be tailored to the individual needs of a student. These systems of tracking are applied to all students including those in receipt of the Pupil Premium so that we can identify areas of underperformance and target intervention appropriately. 

Where it is evident that despite our focus on high quality classroom teaching, those students still require further interventions, this is carefully managed using strategies that have been proven to have the greatest impact. Teachers, Heads of Department and our Pastoral team closely monitor the impact of interventions so that any progress gaps can be addressed.

Senior leaders run academic monitoring processes for all year groups following each assessment point. Students who have been highlighted as underachieving in a significant number of subjects are given extra support to ensure they have every possible chance of success through a range of interventions including individual mentoring.


Need More information?


We have an information board and leaflets available in our school reception.



Actual Funding


  • Pupil Premium is allocated to students who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM).
  • Students who were eligible to FSM in the last 6 years, this is known as Ever 6.
  • Students who are in care and are classified as Looked After.
  • Students who have a parent in the armed forces.


Current Funding Levels Are:


  • £935 per student who is Ever 6 or FSM
  • £2300 per Looked-After-Child (LAC)
  • £300.00 for each student of service personnel.



Pupil Premium