Pupil Premium Funding
In developing our strategy we used research from the Education Endowment Foundation and looked at their Guide to The Pupil Premium. All staff have been provided with a copy of the report.
Our strategy focuses on three key area:
- Whole school strategy that focuses on all pupils
- Focussed support to target under-performing pupils
- Specific support to target pupil premium pupils
As part of our pupil strategy we have identified the following barriers to learning:
- Vulnerable Families
- Pupils with social, emotional and health needs
- High pupil mobility
- Persistent absences
- Lack of parental encouragement and support for pupils learning
- School readiness (low academic baselines on entry, age appropriate readiness)
You can find out about how we measure the impact of Pupil Premium, our approach to individualised support, get an overview of our setting, see disadvantaged pupil progress scores for the last academic year, learn about our strategy aims for disadvantaged pupils, our teaching priorities for current academic year, our targeted academic support for the current academic year, our wider strategies and how we will monitor the implementation, together with a review of last year’s aims and outcomes, in our:
PE & Sports Premium Funding
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings, additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).
Our funding allocation for 2018/19 was £5,347 and was used to provide:-
- smaller class sizes for English and Maths in Year 7 for those pupils working below national expectations - classes taught by Heads of Department who monitor progress carefully
- TA working solely in the Maths department and supporting in class, small group and 1:1 as directed and trained by the Head of Maths
- TA and Head of Maths planning time together
- 1:1 TA support on carefully-chosen literacy interventions with a focus on phonics: i.e. Toe by Toe; Piper Readers (phonic-based reading scheme for older readers)
- Local Authority literacy/dyslexia training for TA who provided 1:1 tuition and support in school
For the school year 2019/20 our funding allocation is £5,822. We measure the impact of any catch-up strategies by looking carefully at progress data with our Heads of English and Maths and evaluating our approaches. Pupils make good progress in Year 7 and we plan to continue with small class groups, taught by the Heads of Department and with other strategies described. In addition, we have recently appointed a TA who has a particular interest in supporting reading and funding will be used for CPD to develop her skills.