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 2017-2018 we received £5,120 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; much 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 2017-2018 the funding was used to enable pupils to attend clubs in football, music, cricket, and ICT and to take part in an outdoor, adventurous 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, including STEM workshops and museum visits. We have also provided in school performances for pupils. All pupils in receipt of this funding also received additional support for maths, spelling and writing and took part in interventions in 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.
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. In 2018 KS2 SATs 100% of pupils in receipt of additional funding at least met the national expectations.
One member of staff has received mental health first aid training and pupils in Year 5/6 have taken part in NHS run activities to explore issues surrounding well-being and good mental health.
Our pupil premium alloction for 2018-2019 is £3,960 and we are also in receipt of £4,600 post LAC funding.
Funding this year will be used to provide access to outdoor and adventurous activities, additional out of hours activities will be offered and there will be opportunities to also take part in city visits. Teacher led interventions for writing, maths, reading and spelling have been planned for identified pupils and a Reading Intervention programme will be run for identified pupils. The school plans to promote reading for pleasure again this year.
Staff will also continue to work with NHS professionals on pupil well-being and some training on anxiety, and how this impacts on learning, has already been planned.
In 2017-2018 we recieved £13,139 PE and sport funding. Some of this funding went towards purchasing new resources, but the majority of the funding was used to provide after school sports provision in football, cricket, fitness, 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. Pupils also had the opportunity to take part in wheelchair basketball. Staff have also taken part in professional development activities related to dance. We have continued to enter 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 sustained provsion of after school sports clubs, with 3 such clubs being run every week throughout the year and all are well attended by pupils. Last year it was pleasing to see more clubs attended by pupils who previously had not taken part in sports activities and some of these pupils also went on to represent the school in competitions. Specialised coaching has led to our pupils being consistently sucessful in competitions (see the fixture list on our PE page for more details) and we have identified pupils with ability in gymnastics and rugby 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. Skills generally are improved and pupils are keen to develop these further by attending both after and out of school clubs.
For the academic year 2018-2019, our PE allocation so far is £6,908. This year we are planning to use PE funding to futher develop outdoor adventurous activities, by working with local Forest School staff. This year again we have already booked community coaching staff in school for the following activities: tag-rugby, football, tennis, multi-skills, athletics, 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. We are also continuing to take part in the Premier League Primary Stars programme which helps develop positive attitudes as well as fitness.
This year, in addition to PE lessons, we have also planned in some daily fitness activities, which will be run every lunchtime by our midday supervisors; this will ensure that all pupils spend a proportion of every day engaged in some sort of vigorous physical activity.
100% of pupils in Year 6 in the academic year 2017-2018 achieved the national curriculum swimming requirements.
Additional information about all sporting events can be found on our PE page.