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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.

Pupil Premium Allocation 2020-21

 

Total Allocation£29560
Lunchtime Intervention Strategy£19,000
Therapeutic Intervention£9,560
School Uniform£1000

 

The main barriers to our super heroes attainment/achievement are complex:

  • Trauma/Anxiety which manifests in deregulated behaviour
  • Suspension (both fixed term, internal and 'soft')
  • Mis-diagnosis or delayed diagnosis
  • Mental Health

 

We understand that for our super heroes to begin to engage with more formalised aspects of the curriculum and to feel comfortable to show what they can and cannot do, we have to unpick their anxieties and make them feel safe.

 

As a school, we have looked at our behavioural and academic data to analyse where we need to support our super heroes further:

 

Lunch Time Intervention: we have run this programme - adjusted according to cohorts for some time. It has a powerful effect on improving the social skills of our super heroes - learning to share, take turns, except loss etc as well as give them the opportunity to let off steam in a controlled environment. This work fits within all our school processes and reinforces our Zones of Regulation and other therapeutic work.

 

The data we hold about the success of this work from previous years makes us secure in continuing to adjust and improve it for the current academic year.

 

We are ensuring that there is a continued reduction of 4's at break times, with super heroes using their skills and Zones of Regulation work to attain 2's and 1's throughout.

 

Therapeutic Intervention: as a specialist school, we use a variety of interventions, both academic and therapeutic to support our super heroes within their learning. We have allocated our funding to part support psychotherapy, SALT, trauma informed practice, art as well as to purchase additional resources for targeted maths and literacy interventions.

 

We have trained staff to ensure that the interventions are targeted correctly. Progress will be tracked, recorded and discussed at all levels so that we can adjust the input required. We believe that the variety of work available will be able to reduce anxiety levels and improve attainment.

 

School Uniform: we feel it is vital that our super heroes feel that they belong. Parents can sometimes find it a struggle to provide uniform or to find uniform that suits their child's sensory needs. We help with providing uniform that accommodates this, reduces anxiety and ensures everyone feels that they belong.

 

Outcomes from Previous Allocation:

We were fortunate enough to remain fully open throughout the pandemic, which in turn ensured that our super heroes were able to access (in the main) the intended interventions.

 

We used our COVID-19 protocols to ensure continuity of provision.

 

All data relating to these interventions is registered for individual children and we are more than happy to provide this. Please contact either Meic or Neal at the school.

Pupil Premium Allocation - 2019/20 £29,940
Lunch time intervention £18,750
Swimming £1,990
School Uniform £1,600
School Journey £2,500
Therapy £4,500
Positive Awards £1,000

 

It is important to be aware, that the above (except for Lunch Time interventions which is the total cost), is used to subsidise the actual cost of the individual items for example therapy (if you include the staff salaries totals £129,000) but the resources used are funded out of Pupil Premium.


Some of that therapeutic input cost is shared across the Federation i.e. the salary of the
psychotherapist is split across both sites, to reduce the impact on one budget. However,
despite a very welcomed uplift, it doesn’t take into account the actual spend across the
curriculum.

Funding Allocation 2018-19 £16,262
Lunch time intervention £12,500
Transport £800
Visits Subsidy £2300
Young Voices £500
Virtual Reality £1000
Total £17,100

 

Intended Outcomes:

 

We want to see a continued reduction in our playground incidents - with more pupils gaining 1's and 2's.

As we use our new mini bus to improve access to a variety of educational visits, including taking an active role in the Tate project, our tracking systems will be used to monitor our super heroes anxiety levels when placed in new situations.

 

We will also be using VR to assist in de-sensitising our super heroes before a school visit, so that they have the opportunity to rehearse the visit in safety. We have used some Rocket Funding to support this work too.

Funding Allocation 2017-18 - £29,040 Amount Allocated
Lunch time intervention £13,500
Transport £1,500
Visits Subsidy £2,000 including Young Voices
Therapeutic Support £10,000
Uniform £1,000
Breakfast and School Meals £1,040

 

Intended Outcomes for 2017-18

 

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 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:

 

Our continued use of funding towards our playground/lunch time interventions continues to lower both 'interesting' behaviours and anxieties. This has been tracked within our behavioural tracking systems and is a clear indication of how powerful the intervention is. This has resulted in our pupils co-operating and playing social games well ; accepting loss and returning to classes without disruption. This has played a key role in the overall improvement of the school and is a vital spend.

 

Our attendance has continued to improve (currently at 93.7% - February 2019) with our CLA and LAC at 100%.

 

Our pupils continue to return to mainstream settings and succeed. The commitment to this area of our work highlights the drive from both the school and parents in giving our pupils the very best chances to rebuild their school careers. Where not possible, the school and parents work closely to deliver the correct specialist provision needed so that our pupils continue to make excellent progress.

 

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

 

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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