The pupil premium is additional funding available to schools maintained by the local authority, to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
It is allocated to schools for children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and those who are in Local Authority care – ‘Looked After Children’ (LAC).
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families.
For the 2018-19 financial year, Manor Mead has been allocated £25,080 for FSM pupils.
In addition, we have been allocated £795 to date for LAC pupils; we anticipate receiving further LAC funding as it is allocated on a termly basis.
Main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils:
The main barrier to educational achievement for all of the children at Manor Mead, including those eligible for pupil premium, comes from their severe and complex learning difficulties.
There is a focus on supporting progress for those pupils eligible for pupil premium funding, however ‘non-eligible’ pupils also benefit from the interventions introduced.
How we intend to use Pupil Premium to address those barriers:
We provide a personalised learning programme for all pupils to help them achieve their maximum potential.
To do this we enrich the curriculum with additional activities and provide a wide variety of opportunities for development. The pupil premium allocation will be put towards funding the Home School Link Worker, providing specialist teaching support and additional input from therapy professionals. A broad range of children benefit from this provision, including those students with disadvantaged circumstances.
Summary of planned provision
Home School Link Worker - £10,576 towards the cost of this role
Employed 5 days per week to support families by signposting services, giving support at meetings, provide guidance re: transitions, liaising with other professionals. To support families in accessing allowances etc. To attend reviews, make referrals, liaise with other provisions. To maintain clear communication links between home and school and to resolve queries. To make home/ hospital visits if students absent due to long term illness.
Specialist Teaching Support - £255
We employ specialist teachers/staff with considerable skills and expertise who undertake work specific to the needs of the child e.g. reading to support literacy/ communication development.
Occupational Therapy - £700
Additional OT advice is sought from a private therapist, who specialises in sensory processing difficulties and recommends strategies specific to the child’s individual circumstances.
Enhanced Play and Learning - £14,344 towards this provision
Lunch Clubs (Beavers, Cubs, Signing Choir, Football Club, Yoga), as well as 1:1 support for structured play or learning support for those who require additional assistance.
How we’ll measure the impact of Pupil Premium.
We use a range of approaches to collect, collate and analyse data on pupil progress, including measuring the impact of pupil premium interventions on attainment for disadvantaged pupils and we are able to evidence the impact through Annual Reviews and P Level progress.
The next review of the our pupil premium strategy will take place after the end of the financial year, i.e. April 2019.
Manor Mead School:
Pupil Premium 2017-2018
Money allocated | £29,620
This money was spent on:
- Home School Link Worker
- Specialist Teaching Support
- Drama Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Enhanced Play Provision
For further detail about how the funding has been used and the impact it has had, please click on the attached document: Pupil Premium Funding 2017-18.