The Government believes that the Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most.

    The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools annually. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium will be spent as they are considered best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

    Every student who is in receipt of free school meals (FSM), or who has been at some time during the previous six years, or who has been looked after by the local authority for at least six months, is eligible.

    Children who received Free School Meals at primary school will continue to receive them at Oaklands School as long as their parent(s) / carer(s) still qualify for one of the relevant benefits. We encourage parent(s) / carer(s) to claim for Free School Meals even if their child does not want one every day.

    Year 7 Catch Up Information

    Secondary schools receive an additional £500 for each Year 7 student who did not achieve level 4 or better at Key Stage 2 in Reading or Mathematics.

    For the Financial Year 2015-16 our School census registered that there were 11 students who were eligible for Catch-up funding. For these students the school received a total of £5,500.

    High expectations

    Oaklands School has high expectations for its students and the Catch-up funding enabled us to target these Year 7 students with the following interventions in literacy and numeracy to allow improved access to the secondary curriculum:

    • Improvement in speech and language skills
    • Improvement in reading age scores, especially for students whose reading age is two years or more below their actual age
    • Improvement in vocabulary skills
    • Improvement in writing skills
    • Raising self-esteem and self-confidence
    • Support for students to close the gap in their progress compared to their peers
    • Support students at risk of exclusion
    • Positive partnership work with parents and carers
    • Using additional staff to raise attainment in literacy and numeracy in Year 7.

    Please click below for more information on Pupil Premium, the Proposed Expenditure 2018.19.