Morgan's Vale and Woodfalls
CE Primary School

Faith in learning, achievement for all

Pupil Premium Allocation & Spending Statement

Financial Year 2017/18

Allocated Funds

Pupil Premium Allocation: £ 26 400
Total: £ 26 400

How this was spent

The School has a robust system for checking progress and expects all pupils, regardless of ability, belief, gender, race, background or disability, to make ‘Good’ or better than expected academic progress. Children are assessed based on teachers’ professional judgment at least three times a year and children are given additional support if they are vulnerable to not making the ‘Good’ progress we expect. The school uses a variety of literacy and numeracy interventions delivered by a combination of class and specialist teachers and teaching assistants.

“You demonstrate a passion and an absolute belief that every child deserves the best possible education and experience during their primary years. The school’s inclusive ethos is evident in all aspects of its work. ‘Faith in learning, and achievement for all’ is reflected in the everyday life of the school. This ethos and belief is shared by staff and supports pupils to achieve and experience success in their academic and personal development.” Ofsted 2016.

“The headteacher’s passion, determination and perseverance mean that, despite the challenging complexities of some children’s behaviour, the school never gives up on them.” SIAMS 2017.

Our National Curriculum test results in 2018 showed that our Key Stage 2 disadvantaged children made fantastic progress compared to their prior attainment in Key Stage 1. With the National Benchmark set at 0, our children showed progress of +10.87 in Reading, +3.69 in Writing and +2.24 in Maths. 100% achieved the expected standard in Reading and 67% in Writing and Maths.

Pupil Premium has been spent on staffing and educational resources to support interventions for pupils who are vulnerable to not making ‘Good’ progress. Investment in staff also allows the School to keep group sizes small for phonics (EY and KS1) and core Maths (throughout the School) to ensure the right amount of support and challenge to ensure rapid progress. This gives children vulnerable to underachievement the best chance of ‘keeping up’ rather than having to ‘catch up’. Some money has been allocated to provide additional maths, reading and writing resources such as the Doodle Maths and Spelling Shed apps. These resources develop and extend early maths and spelling skills for children of all abilities and can be used as intervention programmes for children vulnerable to underachievement. Children can access them on the School’s iPads and at home.

The School has an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) and she has worked with many children entitled to support from the Pupil Premium. Her role is to support the emotional wellbeing of our children which enables them to learn more effectively. This year the School has trained a member of staff to deliver ‘Forest Schools’ sessions which will be rolled out to include Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children and take place in a local woodland, Tinney’s Firs or the School site. The School has previously piloted the use of Forest Schools and found it had a motivational impact on children vulnerable to underachievement and in particular disadvantaged children. The School also uses some Pupil Premium money to contribute to the costs of providing a Parent Support Advisor is (PSA) employed by our cluster of schools around Trafalgar School at Downton. The PSA supports parents who are experiencing challenges to their family life which in turn affect their child’s ability to learn. Pupil Premium money has been used to assist parents with the costs of trips, uniform and Breakfast Club childcare. This allows equity of access to all the educational experiences the school offers and assists parents in ensuring their child starts the day ready to learn.

Financial Year 2018/19

Allocated Funds

Pupil Premium Allocation: £ 23 760
Looked after Child Pupil Premium: £ 2 300
Total: £ 26 060

How this will be spent

Pupil Premium will continue to be spent on staffing and educational resources to support interventions for pupils who are vulnerable to not making ‘Good’ progress.

Some of the Pupil Premium funding will cover some of the ongoing costs of employing an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) and Parent Support Advisor (PSA). Following the success of the ‘Forest Schools’ sessions in 2016/17, this will be continued this year with our own staff to provide Forest School sessions for disadvantaged children throughout the School. Forest School sessions will develop teamwork, care for the environment, promote wellbeing and cover many areas of the curriculum in an ‘out of classroom’ setting. Children entitled to Pupil Premium funding will be prioritised for ‘Forest Schools’ sessions. A focus of the School Development Plan is also looking to promote children’s awareness of their mental health, how to maintain a healthy mind and increase resilience – this will particularly benefit disadvantaged children. Looked After Children (LAC) will have the costs of any additional needs highlighted in their Personal Education Plan (PEP) met from the LAC PP monies.

The school will continue to use iPad apps as a numeracy and literacy intervention tool. Such apps support rapid progress in numeracy and literacy and so disadvantage learners vulnerable to underachievement will be prioritised with such interventions.

Pupil Premium money will continue to be used to assist parents with the costs of trips, uniform and Breakfast Club childcare. This allows equity of access to all the educational experiences the school offers and assists parents in ensuring their child starts the day ready to learn.