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Pupil Premium Strategy

Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.

 

We use our Pupil Premium to enable the most disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils within the Borough to access elements of the curriculum that they may have missed due to exclusion or poverty. We look at individual interests and tailor our provision accordingly. Our rationale for this is simple - our pupils have arrived from a wide variety of settings and may have been excluded from education for long periods - and so we try to find in-roads to allow them to trust and most importantly, try new things.

 

The main barriers to learning for our pupils are both their extreme behaviours and low self esteem. Our pupils will have extensive breaks within their early education, which results in heightened anxieties in all areas of learning.

Funding Allocation 2016-17 £26,400 Cost
Breakfast Club £600.00
School Meals £2000.00
Transport £10000.00
Uniform £800.00
Visits Subsidy £1000.00
Therapeutic Support £12000.00
Total Costing £26,400.00

 

Intended Outcomes for 2016 - 17

 

Following on from the work carried out last year, we are focusing on the following:

 

  • a continued improvement in attendance. We will be working with parents closely to ensure that pupils attend school regularly so that we can improve both their behaviours and their academic attainment. This will include use of the EWO, home visits and parental workshops.
  • a continued reduction in behavioural incidents. We will continue to use strategies and therapies to reduce the number of incidents further and monitor this with our daily briefing and tracking systems. This will enable our pupils to return to mainstream provisions (where appropriate). We will continue to improve our therapeutic provisions and ensure that pupils gain the support they need.
  • a continued improvement in behaviour. Using our tracking systems and continued development of home/school partnership and parental workshops, we want to reduce the amount of behavioural incidents at home and on school journey. 
  • return to mainstream settings. We want to build upon our current success and return more pupils to mainstream settings - with settled behaviours and strategies for schools to ensure that they can succeed. We will develop stronger transitional links between mainstream settings and for those pupils identified in Year 5 to access mainstream secondary provision, we aim to work with their intended schools closely so that the transfer can be a success.

Outcomes 2015-16

 

We identified that our pupils would benefit from greater therapeutic provision - using highly trained therapists in cognitive therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, play therapy and sports therapy. It also released staff to use their own therapeutic skills in mindfulness and yoga techniques to improve behaviours and outcomes for our pupils.

 

From our behavioural tracking and incident sheets - we can demonstrate that the above, combined with CPD of staff, has had a dramatic effect on the consistent decrease in escalated behaviours, violence and non-compliance. This has led to improved self esteem with our pupils and an understanding that their behaviours can change. Evidence of this improvement can be supplied, but from the chart below you can see that we have had a downward trend in incidents requiring a report.

 

Data analysis comparing October 2016 to October 2015 demonstrates the impact of the actions taken to secure these improvements with a 50% reduction in the number of reported incidents, and an even greater reduction in the number of serious incidents (3 for 2016 compared to 17 for 2015).

 

Pupils also recognise the changes with one pupil commenting to a member of staff ‘You all do the same thing’

 

By continuing to use our funding to support a pupil's transition into the Waterside provision, by supplying uniform, meals, additional support for visits, transport and in class support - we are able to ensure that what would be a stressful time for both the pupil and parent, becomes a productive one - where they feel valued and supported whilst we work with them on their behaviours as well as their educational attainment.

 

We would say that our use of additional funding streams have proved excellent value for money, with a de-escalation in behaviour, a targeted approach to supporting pupils with some difficult behaviours and providing a safe and positive educational ethos for all.

 

Funding Allocated  £29,040
Breakfast Club £700.00
Therapeutic input £15,000.00
Visit  £2,300.00
Uniform £1,040.00
Transport £10,000.00

 

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Outcomes for 2014-15

 

 

By using our funding to support a pupil's transition into the Waterside provision, by supplying uniform, meals, additional support for visits, transport and in class support - we are able to ensure that what would be a stressful time for both the pupil and parent, becomes a productive one - where they feel valued and supported whilst we work with them on their behaviours as well as their educational attainment.

 

By securing additional in-class support, we were able to improve the conduct of pupils and promote their educational attainment. Our pupils made good progress last year, and although below the national average, for their journey the improvements were very good.

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