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Pupil Premium

Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see our Pupil Premium Strategy, financial breakdown of Pupil Premium spending and the impact of our most recent Generations' Project. 

The Pupil Premium Strategy for Homefield Primary School for 2021 -2022 has been added to the documents but the main aims of the strategy are:

2021 to 2022 

Statement of intent

Our intention is that all children in school make progress and achieve well in all areas of the curriculum.  We intend to support children through the pupil premium funding to make progress and achieve well irrespective of their backgrounds or barriers to learning.  Our strategy also applies to children who achieve highly and are working above age-related expectations.

In developing our strategy, we will identify any barriers to learning or challenges faced by children entitled to pupil premium funding and will include vulnerable children, such as those who have a social worker or who are young carers in our planning.  

Pupil progress meetings will be held half-termly and all identified children will be discussed to ensure they are making progress towards their targets.  Where there is specific barrier or need then we will carry out baseline or diagnostic assessments before implementing additional support.  This will enable us to evaluate the effectiveness of support and interventions put in place. Our main strategy to support disadvantaged children is through providing access to high-quality teaching in all classrooms and year groups which also impacts all children in school.  Differentiation and targeted support will be used where needed and evaluated regularly.

We will also use education recovery funding to focus on children who have been adversely affected by the lockdowns and inability to access remote learning.  

Challenges

This details the key challenges to achievement that we have identified among our disadvantaged pupils.

Challenge number

Detail of challenge 

1

Due to lockdowns and school closures, we have found that social skills along with speech, language and communication development are a focus for children mainly in Reception and Year 1.

2

Assessments and observations indicate that more disadvantaged children in Key Stage 2 are working below age-related expectations particularly in mathematics and writing.

3

Due to COVID 19 we have had very few opportunities for parents to attend parents’ evenings, activities and events at school.  Parental engagement and sharing learning have been very limited 

4

A pupil reading survey indicates that children do not have a love of reading and enjoy reading for pleasure.  Many disadvantaged children do not have books at home.

Intended outcomes 

This explains the outcomes we are aiming for by the end of our current strategy plan, and how we will measure whether they have been achieved.

Intended outcome

Success criteria

Improved social and communication skills in Reception and Key Stage 1

Children’s social and communication skills will develop so that children will be interacting at age-appropriate levels

Improved speech and language skills

Children’s speech and language will enable them to learn and say sounds clearly to help early reading.

Children to develop a love of reading and read for pleasure

Children who are disadvantaged will have access to a range of books at home.

Children will make accelerated progress and achieve at least in line with their peers

Disadvantaged children will make accelerated progress and achieve at least age-related expectations.

Activity in this academic year

This details how we intend to spend our pupil premium (and recovery premium funding) this academic year to address the challenges listed above.

Teaching (for example, CPD, recruitment and retention)

Budgeted cost: £7,030

Activity

Evidence that supports this approach

Challenge number(s) addressed

Use of supply teacher to screen reading fluency, evaluate results and implement interventions where needed

1 day per week

Reading fluency is an indicator of children’s ability to read independently 

2 and 4

TA support in all classrooms to enable targeted support in mathematics and writing

Children will make progress and achieve well through quality teaching and targeted differentiation and interventions

2

Targeted academic support (for example, tutoring, one-to-one support structured interventions) 

Budgeted cost: £7,841

Activity

Evidence that supports this approach

Challenge number(s) addressed

Extra TA support in Reception class to work on children’s speech and language targets.

Children need to be able to pronounce speech sounds correctly to enable them to read and to communicate effectively.

1 and 4

Wider strategies (for example, related to attendance, behaviour, wellbeing)

Budgeted cost: £4,830

Activity

Evidence that supports this approach

Challenge number(s) addressed

Pastoral Support worker’s hours increased to full time to be able to work with children struggling with self-esteem and other mental health and social difficulties caused by lockdowns and wider impact of COVID 19.

Pastoral worker to spend time with children to support mental health and wellbeing. There is evidence to show that some children have been adversely affected by lockdown, school closures, bereavements and other effects of COVID 19.  

1.

Purchase Marvellous Me to improve communication with parents.  This will be used to keep parents informed about learning, progress and send positive messages home.

There have been very few opportunities for parents to come into school since the pandemic began in 2020 and parents do not have the same contact with their children’s class teacher.  Parental survey indicated that parents feel that they do not know what children are learning in school or the progress their children are making. 

3.

Total budgeted cost: £19,701

Sep 2020 – July 2021

Our Pupil Premium projects and their expected impact:

Development of Aspirations and Career Interests

Children, including our Pupil Premium children, will be given access to specific employment industries to learn the finer details of and qualifications necessary to obtain a career in that field. Pupils will be surveyed to identify the careers they are interested in. 

EXPECTED IMPACT:

  • Children will have their aspirations raised.
  • Pupils will identify the skills and qualifications needed for a specific career path they are interested in.
  • Increased engagement with school and learning.

Pastoral Support

Our full time pastoral support worker offers an invaluable service, including toast time, family support and our 1:1 support.  Pupils attend our nurture group which runs every week offering social, emotional and behavioural support. Emotional and Lego Therapy are also managed by this facility. Toast Time will also be offered when required. 

IMPACT:

  • Improvements in emotional well-being and increased engagement with school.
  • Increased self-esteem resulting in easier access to the curriculum.
  • Family support.
  • Improved behaviour resulting in easier access to the curriculum.
  • Improved social skills resulting in easier access to the curriculum.

Intervention Resources and Increased Staffing

Our increased offer of intervention groups now includes Project X, 1st Class @ Number, ELS, Sound Discovery, Lego Therapy and the Big Ideas to name but a few. Our fantastic staff are well resourced and offer the groups across the school. Children are picked for intervention after careful analysis of data. The Pupil Premium funding has also enabled HLTA staffing to be temporarily increased providing greater Art specialist coverage in the school.

IMPACT:

  • Increased outcomes in reading, writing and mathematics.
  • Diminishing the difference between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium children.
  • Increased self-esteem resulting in easier access to the curriculum.
  • On top of suitable challenge within the classroom, more able children may receive additional extended intervention to push them on further.
  • Increased outcomes in Art and Design. 

Educational Art Resources

The funding allows the school to support the resourcing for our new curriculum focus on Art and Design delivered by an Art specialist across the whole school for all pupils.

IMPACT:

  • Increased outcomes in Art and Design with work displayed and shared in our online Gallery.
  • Therapeutic nature of Art and Design providing all pupils with opportunities to thrive emotionally and creatively. 
  • Increased confidence.

Educational Visits & Residentials (supplementing costs)

Our Pupil Premium children are given access to all of our educational visits and residential trips free of charge. This year our residential trips may include Whitwell and Kingswood (Government Guidance permitting). Since May 2021, trips have been easier to arrange as restrictions have been eased. 

EXPECTED IMPACT:

  • Access to high quality experiences where pupils have never been before. 
  • Increased confidence, independence and social interaction.

Generations' Project (from Spring Term 2021)

The Generations' Project is a scheme were our disadvantaged families are invited in to participate in sessions of diverse learning from cookery to technology. Attending this scheme enables pupils to accumulate funding to spend on quality reading material. It is fabulous to see parents working closely alongside their children to raise the connection with the school and to augment the pupils' appreciation for learning. We are looking into utilising an external agent to deliver these outdoor sessions as an alternative this year, such as Back to Basics or Skillsforce. 

IMPACT:

  • Improved academic and professional aspirations of disadvantaged pupils.
  • Enhanced connections between parents and child.
  • Improved understanding of current curriculum expectations, by sharing the learning between parent and child.
  • Stronger connections between home and school.
  • Increased outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.
  • Promoted passion for reading.

Enrichment Sessions (including Sports and Music Lessons) & Extra-Curricular Activities

Selected Pupil Premium children are offered music lessons free of charge. This year, there will be further enrichment sessions based upon the less common sports and an increase in peripatetic lessons. 

IMPACT:

  • Access to high quality music lessons. We have moved from seven pupils undertaking keyboard/piano lessons to twenty-seven. 
  • Increased music ability, carrying out their own compositions shared over social media with wider community. 
  • Increased social interaction.
  • Access to a wider variety of sports., which led to obscure sports club being established.
  • Increased personal fitness and well-being for those who attended.
  • More children wishing to pursue a new interest and passion.

Breakfast and After-School Provision

We offer breakfasts every day of the week. The cost of this is subsidised using our pupil premium funding to ensure that all children can get a good start to the day. During SATS week, we offer a free breakfast every day. This can include croissants, pancakes and smoothies. We also subsidise Pupil Premium families with breakfast and after school care. 

IMPACT:

  • Improved concentration during lessons.
  • A healthy and balanced diet.
  • Increased number of children in school on time.

This year we have £24,651 to spend on the above projects.

Please look below for the attachment or ask at the School Office for a breakdown of costs for the above projects.

Sep 2019 - July 2020 (curtailed by school closure)

Completed Projects:

  • Generations' Project implemented for all age groups of children.
  • Extension of Pastoral Support to cover the whole school week.
  • Contributions to enable all Pupil Premium pupils to access educational and residential trips.
  • Contributions to enable Pupil Premium children to undertake music lessons in guitar, drums or keyboard. 
  • Access to a whole range of reading material to keep from Norfolk Children's Book Centre. (Planned but could not take place due to lockdown.)
  • Contributions towards school uniform and extra-curricular clubs.

IMPACT:

  • All Pupil Premium children attended their relevant class trips or residentials.
  • If and when required, Pupil Premium children had equal access to peripatetic music lessons, subsidised in part by the school. 
  • Pupil Premium families that attended the Generations' Project first few sessions engaged fully and increased their aspirations of school. There was one hundred percent positive feedback up until lockdown forced a school closure.

SEP 2018 - JULY 2019

Completed Projects:

  • Generations' Project implemented for all age groups of children from Reception to Year 6.
  • Pastoral Support availability maintained across the whole week providing emotional support through schemes such as, ELSA, Lego Therapy and Toast Time. SEN TA designated to working with pupils.
  • Contributions to enable Pupil Premium children to undertake peripatetic music lessons., as and when required in drumming, guitar, flute and/or keyboard.
  • Contributions to enable Pupil Premium children to access educational and residential trips. 
  • Pupil Premium children able to access Breakfast and After-School Clubs if required at no charge.  
  • Continued contributions towards extra-curricular clubs, school uniform and sports' clothing.

IMPACT:

  • All PP children attended trips and/or residentials, as well as having contributions towards peripatetic music lessons if required.
  • Pupil Premium families that attended the Generations' Project engaged fully and increased their aspirations of school. There was one hundred percent positive feedback from the survey taken (See below).
  • In Year 6, 67% of Pupil Premium children achieved Expected Standard in Writing.
  • In Maths at the end of Key Stage 2, 67% of Pupil Premium children achieved the Expected Standard, with 33% being judged at the Higher Standard. 
  • 100% of Pupil Premium children achieved the Expected threshold in the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. 
  • In KS1, 50% of PP children were at the Expected Standard in RWM.
  • The Generations' Project was attended by 47% of Pupil Premium families.