Pupil Premium

Overview of Pupil Premium Funding

The Department for Education (DfE) provides additional funding, knows as Pupil Premium, in order that specific groups of pupils aged between 5 and 16 years, can be supported in their progress and attainment.

The pupil premium funding is not necessarily intended to be specifically allocated to individual pupils and school have the freedom to decide how it can best be spent on eligible pupils. The impact of individual sums may be limited, therefore at Westhaven we have pooled much of the allocated monies to maximise the impact on the pupils’ progress and attainment and wider curricular experiences.

This year 39 pupils received Pupil Premium funding.

Pupil Premium 2016/2017


Use and Impact 2016/2017

Learning Mentor Support and Intervention in Maths, English or Motor Skills £48,683.20

We have used the majority of the Pupil Premium funding to fund an enhanced level of targeted support for our pupils. It has helped Westhaven to provide more learning mentor access, give key maths and English intervention on a regular basis for those who need extra support outside of lessons.

Learning Mentor Support

Pupil premium funds 30% of our Learning Mentor’s salary. All students have access to learning mentor support, however some need more support with emotional difficulties on a regular basis. Learning mentor support has provided support to those struggling to access school due to complex home life and support them onto successful education. Our Learning Mentor also runs workshops on being assertive, raising self-esteem and managing anger. These are run as required either individually for pupils or in groups. Our learning mentor also spends a considerable amount of time supporting students on a daily basis through positive books, reward time, 1-1 support to manage friendships and emotions and attending multi-agency meetings for these pupils. Many students use our learning mentor’s support for support on an informal basis and she provides general support for those who leave the classroom in order to help them return to learning. Our Learning mentor also liaises with other schools to help promote inclusion and attends anti bullying workshops with students. Our learning mentor also acts as a parent support and our safeguarding officer. This year we have also employed a second learning mentor/parent support advisor due to high need for this role and the intervention and support proved by it.

This year our Learning Mentors have worked with 67% of our pupil premium students. 40% of their total work has been with pupil premium students and 90.48% of their work has had significant or some impact. (61.1% significant).

Maths and English, Fine and Gross Motor skills intervention,
Throughout the year 22 students received intervention in Maths, English or Fine Motor Skills. 55% of these receive PP funding. 75% made significant progress in intervention sessions, 25% made some progress.

Social thinking intervention £1742.00

Social thinking is an intuitive process that allows us to consider points of view, emotions, and intentions or others. For those with ASD and related social learning challenges, we have to cognitively teach them how to think socially.

PP funding this year was also used provide more Social Thinking small group or 1-1 sessions. 18 (22% of whom are PP) students have started social thinking intervention with one member of staff and will continue the program next year either through intervention or in class small groups. We have also introduced a tracking system to score Social and Emotional Behaviour and Understanding. Students in intervention social thinking sessions made an average improvement of 4.7 points over the year, 1.7 points over the average school improvement.

This year the program was introduced as a taught subject in lower school and used as an intervention for those whom it is relevant in Middle and Upper school. It has been so successful that our middle school will also have a social thinking lesson next year. For upper school it will remain an intervention offer.

Music Tuition – £1702.60

A growing body of literature focussing on the effects of musical tuition on academic achievement reports a positive relationship between music lessons and academic achievement (performance science.org). A small proportion of Pupil Premium funding was used to fund music tuition for some our pupils to experience clarinet, singing, guitar, drum and keyboard lessons. This tuition enabled a widening of experience and culture as well as instilled a sense of achievement and pride when students performed in special assemblies. This sense of achievement and pride instilled a positive attitude which was evidently transferred into classroom attitude. This tuition has also continued to allow students who have struggling speech skills to find a ‘voice’ within school and partake in school assemblies.

Residential Trips – £2287.50

Residential trips are a vital component of Westhaven school life and provide education outside the classroom in various forms. Westhaven runs three regular residential that without the help of Pupil Premium funding some students would be unable to attend.


Kilve Phase 1 Trip

This trip is organised as a bonding activity for Lower school pupils, many of whom are new to the school. The activities included high ropes courses, grass sledging, climbing and abseiling, night walks, fossil hunting and team building activities.

69% of the students received a 50% reduction due to being on pupil premium.

Many of the students had never been away from their parents before and were a little anxious but all had a fantastic time and returned from the trip more confident in their new tutor and friendship groups.  The activities were very well pitched to our students; all had the opportunity to have a go at stretching themselves if they felt confident enough to.


Year 9 France Trip

This trip is was our Year 9 students. This trip is a combination of cultural and reward as we went to Paris and Disneyland. The students experience a river boat cruise along the Seine, saw the Paris skyline from the top of the Montparnasse Tower and had a coach tour of the key Paris features. They then had a fantastic time in the Disneyland parks, saw some fantastic shows and bonded well as a group before going into year 10. Many of our students have never been on holiday abroad before and therefore this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. 53% were funded by PP money.



Breakfast club – £300 (30% of the overall cost)

As concentration in lessons and on academic studies requires daily physical needs to be met Westhaven provide a free cooked breakfast club for all their pupils. Breakfast club now feeds 31 students on a daily basis (6 less than last year and equal to 29.8% of the school population). Of these students 51.6% are entitled to Pupil Premium funding. 55% of students who are eligible for Pupil Premium attended breakfast club. As well as providing a much-needed service, an element of social skills is also instilled at this time as students sit, eat together and help clear up.


Equipment and Materials £156.70

Lots of our learners need specialist equipment or resources available to them. Our PP funding was used to help provide these resources (such as ear defenders, talking tins, individual whiteboards, fiddle toys) to be available in every classroom to ensure our learners have resources they need at their fingertips.


IT Equipment £1125.00

Our students have a growing demand for software programs that help them develop their learning and skills, as well as some needing specialist communication apps. PP funding was used to buy licenses for such apps and software programmes.

Plans for Future Funding

Westhaven plans to continue using Pupil Premium funding towards additional staffing and breakfast club. With the remaining of the pupil premium funding Westhaven school plans to use it strategically to develop students’ learning experiences in line with the school improvement plan.

Provision Map 2016/2017

Primary PE & Sport Premium