The Pupil Premium is additional money delegated to the academy, it is matched to the number of pupils who are eligible for free school meals and children who are in service families. Weelsby Academy has £227,040. This money can be used for resources, support, either directly or indirectly and releasing time for teachers to then provide small group support. At Weelsby Academy we use our funding for a range of purposes, which are suited to the individual needs of our children.
At Weelsby Academy we ensure that all our children are well supported with a Teaching Assistant attached to each class, for the majority of the week. In addition to this, we deliver a wide range of focused, small group, intervention sessions such as Read,Write Inc, Nurture Groups, Bespoke Academic Groups, English as an Additional Language and Speech and Language programmes during the academic day. We also provide a range of extended school activities during lunchtime and after school. Funding has also been allocated to maintain our nurture room.
We offer the services of the Inclusion Support Team who support families with attendance, welfare issues, Special Educational Needs, behaviour support and parental engagement.
At Weelsby Academy we greatly subsidise visits and visitors to the school. The teachers then encourage the children to use these experiences to develop their fiction and non-fiction writing. The progress in the children’s writing is visible, with children being more prepared to write about their experiences which have greatly improved the quality and quantity of writing. The academy is aware of the gap between pupil premium children and non-pupil premium children and an action plan has been developed to further improve practice.
In 2016-2017 we enhanced dining facilities allowing our disadvantaged children to participate in a more pleasurable dining experience. We also introduced same day intervention. To develop a love of reading, we redesigned our library facilities.
You can read more abut how we utilise the Pupil Premium funding on our Statutory Information page here.