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Willow Bank Junior School

Expenditure and Impact: 2016-17 academic year

For the financial year 2016-17, schools were given £1,320 per child on the pupil premium register, and £1,900 for each child in the adopted from care category.  In total, Willow Bank Junior School was allocated £27,400 of Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) funding.  The money was spent as follows:


  • School lunches and milk:  £2,970
  • Trips and clubs:  £1,586
  • Extra teaching assistants:  £16,384
  • Specialist support:  £2,425
  • Training:  £335
  • Extra teacher time:  £3,700


At the end of the academic year 2016-17, the attainment and progress figures for children eligible for PPG were as follows:


ATTAINMENT At or above expected level Above expected level
Reading 45% 15%
Writing 40% 5%
Maths 45% 5%
PROGRESS At or above expected level Above expected level
Reading 75% 25%
Writing 75% 25%
Maths 100% 35%


Whilst attainment figures are below those for the school population generally, the progress scores indicate a positive impact of the Pupil Premium Grant spending.  We continue to review the most effective use of this funding, and all children eligible for PPG are focused on in termly Pupil Progress meetings, with interventions put into place quickly where a need is identified.


For those children eligible for PPG who are not on the Special Needs Register, the percentages at or above the expected levels of attainment are:

Reading   64%

Writing    57%

Maths      64%


The average attendance figure for 2016-17 for those children eligible for PPG was 95.22%, against a whole-school average of 97.12%.  This figure rises to 95.84% if one particular low attender is not included, which puts the average attendance for the other children eligible for PPG closer to national averages.  9 out of 20 children eligible for PPG have attendance figures above the national average, and 7 of those are above the school average (with one other in line with school average).  Frustratingly, 7 out of the 20 children have attendance figures significantly affected by family holidays (at least 6 school days lost).  In total, 60 school days were lost for children eligible for PPG, and of the 7 children affected, 5 would have had attendance well above national average without the holiday absence.  The differential in the price of holidays in term time and in school holiday time could be seen to be having a clear impact on the attendance of children eligible for PPG, and potentially on their academic outcomes.

Personal Development

Although it is harder to quantify, the children in receipt of PPG at Willow Bank make huge progress in terms of self-esteem and belief in their own capabilities and, most crucially, they develop high aspirations for their own future.  The longer-term value of this in emotional, academic and economic terms cannot be overstated.