Mr Roberts (Deputy Head Teacher - Quality of Education) and Mrs Heseltine (Assistant Head Teacher - Cultural Capital) currently lead on the school's Pupil Premium strategy, ensuring that all pupils, regardless of their socioeconomic background, develop the high aspirations and resilience to grasp hold of all the excellent opportunities available to them.
At Woodlands, we are a local school for local families and are proud to represent our local community. Currently, Basildon is the 53rd most deprived area in the UK and our school is a representation of the community, with a high percentage of our pupils identified as Disadvantaged.
The pupil premium was implemented by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government in 2011. Schools currently receive: £955 for secondary schools for every pupil on roll that has been registered for free school meals (FSMs) at any time in the last six years; £2,345 per pupil looked after by the local authority at any time in their lives, £310 for every pupil registered as a ‘service child’ at any point in the last six years or those ‘in receipt of child pension from the Ministry of Defence’.
The pupil premium is money given to schools to ‘raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers’ (DfE and EFA, 2018).
As of 2021-22, 39.3% of our pupils are identified as Disadvantaged, and as a school we are aware that many more of our families not classified as Disadvantaged are still struggling, particularly in the economic climate caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we recognise that the strategy we have in place for our Disadvantaged pupils extends well beyond this specific group but in fact encompasses our entire school population, and we are committed to providing support to any pupil who needs it, regardless of their Disadvantaged status.