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Pupil Premium

South Wonston Primary School

Pupil premium Strategy  2019-2020

 

The staff and governors of South Wonston School are committed to providing an inclusive education for all pupils, including those who are socially disadvantages and those from a service background. The school is committed to meeting all pupils’ academic, social, emotional, personal, health and cultural needs. We are committed to ensuring that all of our pupils make rates of progress at least in line of that expected of them, and that we ‘narrow the gap’ for those groups of pupils where attainment may be lower than that of their peers, both within our school and nationally.

 

The Pupil Premium Funding is allocated to schools based on census information detailing those children/families who have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the past 6 years, and children who have been under the care of the Local Authority.

 

The Service Pupil Premium is allocated for children from Service families at any time in the past 6 years.  It is allocated so that schools can provide mainly pastoral support during challenging times and to help mitigate the negative impact on service children of family mobility or parental deployment. Mobility is when a service family is posted from one location to another, including overseas and within the UK.  Deployment is when a service person is serving away from home for a period of time. This could be a 6 to 9 month tour of duty, a training course or an exercise which could last for a few weeks.

The staff and governors of South Wonston School are fully committed to ensuring high quality provision and securing the best learning opportunities in order to meet the needs of all our pupils. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals, or are Children Looked after by the Local Authority, or are from Service families.

 

Pupil premium allocation in 2019-2020 financial year (April-March)

Free School Meals (FSM) funding

£34,320

Service Children funding

£27,600

Looked After Children funding

£11,500

Total

£73,420

 

Reporting on Pupil Premium

It is the responsibility of the governing body to report on the expenditure and impact of Pupil Premium funding. The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools which is additional to main school funding. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

Principles

  • We ensure, through careful tracking and monitoring that:

                -  teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the pupils

                -  our approach to equality allows all children to access opportunities

                -  we are a highly inclusive school.

  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for children who belong to vulnerable groups, including those who are socially disadvantaged.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered to qualify for free school meals.
  • We ensure that all of our pupils are provided with the same high quality opportunities to learn and take part in every aspect of provision made by the school. We use pupil premium funding to ensure that all pupils make similar rates of progress and achieve outcomes in line with their peers, removing any barriers to this in recognising equality of opportunity.

 

 

Barriers to Educational Achievement

The barriers to educational achievement are varied and will differ for every pupil who comes to school with a background of social deprivation. The school serves a diverse community both socially and culturally, and there are many factors that can create barriers to educational achievement.

The main barriers that the school identifies are as follows:

  • Oral language skills are sometimes lower for Pupil Premium children. This creates a barrier to social interactions that impacts on rates of learning.
  • Some pupils are not resilient and lack focus in their work.
  • Some children do not have support for home learning.
  • A lack of life experiences has an effect on the development of a rich vocabulary which impacts on spoken language and the ability to produce writing of a good quality. 
  • The school is located near the Armed Services base of Worthy Down, Winchester and approximately a third of our children are from serving military parents. Pupils sometimes have gaps in their skills and knowledge, having experienced several changes of school, and their emotional well-being may well be compromised at times when serving parents and relatives are on deployment. There is a higher than average mobility rate across the school than nationally.

 

 

Strategies Implemented

At South Wonston, we support the progress of all our pupils. We do this by providing high quality classroom teaching supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners in small groups or on a 1 to 1 basis. Interventions focus on language and communication, social and emotional skills, sensory development, literacy and numeracy.

 

Interventions and strategies include:

  • Whole school culture centred around our school vision – Together we nurture, inspire, challenge and achieve.
  • Regular pupil progress review meetings – at least three times a year.
  • High quality first teaching that is regularly monitored and reviewed.
  • Meeting the needs of individual ‘pupil premium’ children eg providing uniform, funding for music lessons and after school extra-curricular clubs, residential trips and cultural outings.
  • Well trained additional staff who support pupils effectively both in class and through specific interventions eg Sensory Circuits.
  • Breaktime and Lunchtime Clubs staffed by our ELSA.
  • A highly skilled Pastoral Team who support children’s emotional wellbeing.
  • High quality interventions run by teachers and support staff which are regularly reviewed and monitored.
  • Provision map which is maintained and evaluated by the SENCO and our SEN linked Governor.
  • Attendance of Pupil Premium children is monitored and followed up if it is below 90%.

 

Service Premium

Strategies include:

  • A highly skilled Pastoral Team who support children’s emotional wellbeing
  • A dedicated Service Family Support Assistant who works with Service pupils and families:   

                    - overseeing transition and integration of pupils

                           -  building relationships with parents and the school acting as an extra point of contact

                          -  supporting a wider range of family pressures including emotional and behavioural issues, bereavement, divorce and 

                             separation

                          - has the knowledge to offer practical solutions, reassurance and signposting

                          - establishing links to outside agencies, welfare organisation and service communities that will support the needs of all pupils 

                            and families and the school

                          - is easily accessible by regularly attending the Community Coffee Morning at Worthy Down.

  • Additional Admin time for the school office so that the transfer of pupil records and liaison with transition schools is done in a timely efficient fashion.
  • Early screening when a child joins the school so that any issues are addressed quickly
  • High quality training for all staff so that they have a clear understanding of the issues that may affect a child due to mobility and the deployment of their parents.
  • Curriculum resources that help us support children who are experiencing emotional, social and behavioural issues, bereavement, divorce and separation

 

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