The school works closely with colleagues from the health service and also the Local Authority Specialist Advisory Service.
The school has used pupil premium funding to provide some additional support in and out of classes, additional resources and also to provide enrichment activities that pupils may not usually access.
In 2016-2017 we received £8,340 total Pupil Premium funding; the school used this to provide additional support, both in and out of class and made parents aware of how we do this; some of the additional support was delivered by teaching staff. We keep records of how we spend the money and we ensure that we use it to the best effect. Because the number of children in receipt of this funding is very small we also try to ensure that we do not identify individuals. In 2016-2017 the funding was used to enable pupils to attend clubs in football, music, cricket, and ICT and to take part in a city residential visit. The school also used the funding to fund participation in theatre visits and to fund off site visits as part of classroom topic work, for example science based activity workshops. We have also provided in school performances for pupils. All pupils in receipt of this funding also received additional support for maths, spelling and phonics and took part in interventions in reading and writing as necessary. These were provided by both teaching and non-teaching staff. Social inclusion activities both in class and on a one to one basis have also been provided. Funding has also been used to purchase additional resources for phonics, maths, spelling and reading.
The progress of pupils is tracked through data and regular pupil reviews; because of the small number of pupils there is no published comparative school data, but we do measure the impact of interventions through pupil reviews and by tracking individual pupil progress. Parents of pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding are involved fully. Outcomes for individual pupils are not published on the school website, but all staff are aware of outcomes and expectations for pupil premium pupils.
Our pupil premium alloction for 2017-2018 is £1,320 and we are also in receipt of £3,800 post LAC funding.
Funding this year will again be used to provide access to outdoor and adventurous activities and additional out of hours activities for some pupils. Teacher led interventions for writing, maths, reading and spelling have been planned for identified pupils and additional resources have also been purchased for maths, spelling and writing. The school plans to promote reading for pleasure again this year and the School Council has had the opportunity to purchase new books.
In 2016-2017 we recieved £8,336 PE and sport funding. Some of this funding went towards purchasing new resources and approximately 50% of the funding was used to provide after school sports provision in football, cricket, tag-rugby and tennis as well as curriculum sessions in netball, gymnastics, cricket, dance, multi-skills, athletics, tag-rugby, invasion games and tennis. Sessions in the summer term covered football, tag-rugby, cricket and hockey skills. At the request of pupils an additional fitness club was run by Mrs Gibson and approximately 20 pupils attended this- many had never attended a sports related club before this. Staff have also taken part in professional development activities- 30% of funding went towards this. Some of the additional funding has allowed us to enter more competitions with other local schools and our teams have continued to perform well when competing against other local schools. The impact of additional funding can be seen in the increased provsion in after school sports clubs, with 4 such clubs being run every week throughout the year and all are well attended by pupils- cricket in particular was attended by a huge majority of pupils. We were able to take part in more festivals and competitions and our school cricket team came second in the local 2017 competition. Specialised coaching has led to our pupils being consistently sucessful in more competitions (see the fixture list on our PE page for more details) and we have identified pupils with gymnastic ability and signposted them towards local clubs. KS1 pupils have had access to specialised coaching in cricket and their ball skills are significantly improved as a result. We also gained a bronze award for PE and sport.
For the academic year 2017-2018, our PE allocation so far is £3,467. This year Mrs Gibson, our PE co-ordinator, is planning to use PE funding to futher develop outdoor adventurous activities during the year; she has bought some resources that we can use in school. This year again we have already booked community coaching staff in school for the following activities: tag-rugby, football, tennis, multi-skills, netball, cricket and gymnastics. A member of school staff always works alongside external coaches and in this way we are able to develop our own skills and strategies.
Additional information about all events can be found on our PE page.
We also used the additional funding last year as an opportunity to provide some extra fitness sessions for some pupils; this was done in partnership with the parents and pupils. As a result of this we helped to raise pupil self esteem and increase awareness of a healthy lifestyle.