Pupil Premium Information

Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding. The Governing Body,  review the impact on the Pupil Premium Grant termly and the named Link Governor is Mr Bill Ponzini.

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

Each year, the school has been allocated additional government funding called Pupil Premium Grant (PPG). PPG provides funding for raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap with their peers.

Pupil Premium is allocated according to:

  • Pupils in year groups Reception to Y6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM (pupils who are known to have been eligible for free school meals in any of the previous 6 years)
  • Looked after children defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority.
  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption (post LAC

Number of pupils and amount of PPG received:

  2015-2016            2016-2017            2017-2018
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG 112 119 110
Total amount received





Barriers to Learning

When making decisions about using PPG it is important to consider the context of the school and the subsequent challenges faced. At Whiston Willis, we recognise that these challenges are varied and unique to each individual child. As a school, we have a good record of ensuring pupils make good progress.

Barriers to learning that are currently faced by our disadvantaged pupils include:

Internal Barriers: (the following barriers to learning have been identified based upon evidence provided from externally published data, internal tracking, careful monitoring of impact of Pupil Premium expenditure and impact across previous years on both individual pupils and groups and structured monitoring of teaching and learning across school.)

  • Lower attainment on entry especially in communication, language and literacy.
  • Lower attainment in reading, writing and maths at end of EYFS, Y1 phonics screening, KS1 and KS2.
  • Increased national expectations in curriculum and assessment leading
  • Quality and choice of intervention

External barriers:

  • Attendance and Persistent Absence for FSM
  • Emotional vulnerability and well being
  • Lower levels of parental support and engagement and parental capacity to support the curriculum
  • Lower aspirations, motivation and engagement
  • Low income household
  • Limited life experiences

Our aim

Our key objective in using PPG is to narrow the gap between vulnerable groups and other groups. As a school, we have a very good record of ensuring that pupils make good progress:At Whiston Willis, we recognise that these challenges are varied and there is no one size fits all, we therefore personalise learning for our pupils.

Through targeted interventions we are working to eradicate barriers to learning and progress. For children who start school with low attainment on entry, our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress in order to reach their Age Related Expectations (ARE) as they move through school.


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