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Pupil Premium Update – 2015/2016

We continue to deliver our programme of activities for all our pupils free of charges so everyone can build their skills and confidence to give them resilience, to be able to work as a team and also independently. Workshops delivered were :-

African dancing, flamenco and Spanish culture,

Bollywood dance, Chinese Ribbon dancing

Dance teacher for two afternoons a week to deliver ballroom dance and dance through the ages to link into topics.

Plays performed were Mother Goose, Life in WW1 and The secret life of the Librarian. These were followed by drama workshops with the actors.

Workshops about the Gruffalo, Nursery rhyme mysteries and meeting animals that you don’t meet every day.

We have developed a small wildlife area and have started to keep domestic pets in school as we have been using the University of Lincoln’s research on how unwanted behaviours can be changed in young children when undertaking their school work alongside animals.

The barriers to learning needs from this group of children include, severe learning difficulties, Poor speech and language skills, English as an additional language, emotional needs and challenging behaviour. 54% of the class are on the Free School Meals register.

There is a range of intervention that takes place on weekly basis-

  • Precision teaching – 1 to 1 teaching time focused on phonics and reading for 5 minutes every day
  • Rocket Reading – 13 children read three times a week with a trustee of the academy.
  • SALT outreach programme – Identified pupils attend an in school SALT clinic with a SALT practitioner once a week.
  • Whole class SALT – 2 times a week, whole class SALT session focusing on pure sounds and building up mouth muscle. (helps with phonics for non-SALT children)
  • Time to Talk – 3 times a week, SEAL/PSHE based session allowing children to speak and listen about concerns/worries etc.
  • Small Steps – Each child is given a personal, social or behavioural target to work towards over the term.
  • Phonics booster groups – All year one children in a 15 min booster group three times a week with a different teacher to their normal phonics teacher.

In the AM every morning the Lower Ability Set of children are taught in this class. They have a much smaller set size to the rest of KS1 and also follow an amended curriculum to suit their needs this has shown to work through the numeracy and literacy assessments.

Targets we have achieved in 2015 :-

HEADLINE – No achievement gaps – all gaps closed in different groups of pupils – Summer 2015

     Continued to increase the average reading and spelling ages within the group.

  • Ensured that a consistent approach is achieved towards behaviour management
  • Stopped two pupils from being excluded and developed a programme to deal with very challenging behaviour
  • Use of animals to help calm the behaviour, used as a tool to encourage children to talk and share their worries
  • Worked on longer transition for year one into year two and year twos to year three.
  • Developed the learning environment over the year.
  • Converted the children working towards level one in writing to secure 1C’S
  • Children have a better awareness of their own learning, where they have come from, where they are and where they are going.
  • SALT has commented upon their target children’s progress across the year.
  • Medical needs covered upon a daily basis.
  • Two TA’s trained in SALT, PT, learning support and time to talk.
  • Good working relationships with outside agencies – EBSS, LIDAS, Family support, Health visitors and EP.
  • Worked with families directly involved in CP.
  • All parents and carers at parent’s consultations amazed by the progress the children had made academically and in confidence.

Targets going into 2015 and beyond with these pupils :-

To continue to achieve these excellent conversion rates and continue to identify and close the gaps identified

Develop a new way to work with our teaching assistants so they are all contracted to carry out work with groups of pupils.

To ensure the new curriculum and higher targets are met and support given where needed.

The results of these pupils continue to rise and our dashboard continues to show that the gap has closed.