Pupil Premium Allocation for 2014/15 is £25,800. This comes in the form of Pupil Premium for children from Service families, children who currently, or have previously been in receipt of Free School Meals (Ever 6 FSM), or Looked After Children (ELAC).
This year the Governors and staff have decided to send this additional funding on:
- Providing intensive support though 1-1 tuition for children in writing or maths, who may have fallen behind in the progress they are expected to make.
- Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning in maths, both in the lower and upper KS2 classes.
- Ensuring virtually full time, good quality teaching assistants to support learning in the younger age classes, where the highest mobility is.
- Ensuring that Teachers and Teaching Assistants are providing specific, accurate feedback to the children in order to make better progress.
- Providing a Forest Schools experience for children in both KS1 and 2 in order to support their learning back in the classroom.
- Using a trained ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) to work with small groups of children to enable them to make the best progress that they can.
- Offering mentoring support for children who may need extra time to talk in order to overcome their barriers to learning
- Enabling a teaching assistant to support those children whose parents are deployed by arranging the writing and sending of e-blueys.
The Impact of the Pupil Premium Grant for 2014-15 was:
The Forest School: The Forest School ran in the Autumn term for two groups of children; 8 from Y1 & 2 and 8 from KS2. Since then, 5 of the children have left school as their parents were posted.
In the first half of the summer term, the Forest School ran for 5 weeks for a group of twelve R-Y2s, including the ELAC child. All the other children were from Service families and were selected for a wide range of reasons, including low in confidence, self-esteem, independence, immaturity and self-organisation.
The children’s confidence, determination, and persistence increased markedly in all the sessions; they were more able to contribute to discussions and their ability to work as part of a team improved. Many of the children demonstrated increased skills when using small hand tools and equipment. They also showed care and consideration for others and the environment.
Peer Mentors: Nineteen Y4, Y5 and Y6 children have been trained as Peer Mentors this year. This has meant that the rest of the children have been well supported by the Peer Mentors and the task has never been too onerous for each of the listeners.
HMS Heroes: We use Pupil Premium to join the HMS Heroes group. At Linton-on-Ouse the group meets every half term led by a qualified teacher assisted by an ELSA trained Advanced Teaching Assistant. Children are invited to the meetings if their parents are deployed and they use some of the time to send an e-bluey to the parent who is away from home. This is a highly valued service for which we have received a delightful letter of gratitude from a parent, showing their appreciation. It ensures the children have regular contact with them, offering reassurance that they are being supported within school. E Blueys are sent every week to wherever the parent is being deployed. Other children can invite a friend to the meeting so that children from civilian families can also attend the club; after all, their friendships can also be disrupted when their friends move away. At other times the following themes have been discussed: how the children feel when parents are deployed; how they feel when new children arrive in school; transition after taking part in the play ‘Home-Wherever That Is’; emotions and how to handle them.
1-1 tuition: 1-1 tuition was provided for 4 children in Y6 over 10 weeks; two in maths and two in writing. In both subjects, the children were supported so that they were able to make expected progress from KS1 to KS2.
Level 6 Tuition was required when a pupil arrived in school mid-year. Although we had not planned to make this provision, using Pupil Premium funding we provided this for him and included two other children in the group.
Teaching Assistants: Due to the high mobility of children in the school (35%) and the number of parents deployed overseas (12 children have been supported), the increased Teaching Assistants hours have meant that e-blueys have been sent regularly to parents serving overseas; new children have been well supported to settle into school; children have been supported as they prepared for transition to a new home and school; they have ensured that quality feedback has been received; the Teaching Assistant who received training in Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA) has put her training into practice with small groups of children in Class 1 and Class 3. In addition to the regular meetings, she also takes time to have 1 – 1 discussions when the children have felt the need for them.
Children Eligible for Free School Meals, Ever 6 children and ELAC:
Due to the small number of children who are eligible for Free School Meals, Ever 6 and ELAC Pupil Premium, plus the high mobility of some of them; it is inappropriate to provide specific data on their progress as a result of additional support. However, the following support was provided once again: free places for the Outdoor Education trip to East Barnby, 1-1 tuition, Forest Schools and ELSA small group work.