Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium At West Jesmond 

At West Jesmond Primary School, we pride ourselves on the high levels of attainment and achievement of every one of our children. All of us working at West Jesmond Primary are determined to remove any barriers that prevent our children progressing in their learning and development. We want the inclusive nature of our school to shine out from everything that we do. The ambition embedded in our curriculum is that children from all backgrounds and all starting points achieve highly, develop a thirst for learning and have the widest possibilities to extend their experiences. The focus of our Pupil Premium Strategy is to ensure all disadvantaged pupils achieve these goals as well as all children judged as vulnerable, such as those who have a social worker.

We work closely with families to ensure any barriers that may stop some children achieving and attaining as highly as other groups right across the curriculum are removed.

Purpose of Pupil Premium

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. In April 2014 funding was made available for children who have been adopted or have guardians. The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. 

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

  • 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 for parents that schools have to publish on their websites.

We review, evaluate and adjust the impact of our Pupil Premium spend every term. This is led by our Inclusion team.