Pupil premium update
Governors are extremely focused on the achievement of all children in receipt of Pupil Premium support. Details on how the money is spent by the school is detailed further below.
Due to extremely high mobility, one cohort to another cohort comparison is not always a good indicator of pupil premium impact at Chestnuts. Therefore, we compare the attainment gap from year to year and track individual pupils progress against non pupil premium children and national statistics. High mobility due to growth means that sometimes our data can sometimes be hard to interpret and impact can be difficult to measure.
Pupil premium is funding allocated to schools by the government. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils and needs are assessed on a case by case basis. One of our teachers is responsible for monitoring the progress of pupil premium children throughout the year.
Allocation of funding will in the first instance be targeted towards raising the achievement of pupil premium and LAC children and supporting their families for long term impact.
We believe that nurture is the fundamental principle that will impact on attainment and achievement in the long term and therefore have appointed a Family Support Worker and Learning Mentor. Their primary roles are to meet the needs of pupil premium children and their families', sometimes in non-academic focused ways. We use Maslow’s hierarchy of needs triangle to ensure every child has the essential ingredients ready for learning. Sometimes this makes it difficult to measure impact of spending but we believe in getting children ready for learning before applying learning interventions.
Pupil Funding will be allocated annually by the Pupil Premium leader, the headteacher and the governing body following a data analysis which will identify priority classes and individuals within school.
Decisions regarding the use of the Pupil Premium funding will be made following research into successful strategies (eg Sutton Trust / Education Endowment Foundation /Ofsted : Unseen Children: Access and Achievement 20 Years On / June 2013)
The range of provision the school may consider include:
Smaller group teaching in identified year groups
1:1 tuition for individual pupils by teachers or online tutoring
1:3 tuition in learning trios by teachers and additional learning support staff
Easter and holiday booster schools
Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through learning mentors, teaching assistants or external agencies, including booster groups or nurture groups
Enhanced curriculum opportunities, eg; Forest School sessions, horse riding, music lessons etc
Special projects, eg Sign to Sing and other competition participation
Activities which aim to raise aspirations of children and their families – aspirations day and Kidzania visits
Art therapy for those who have suffered bereavement or trauma outside of school
School uniform for those in need of a little assistance
Electronic devices such as kindles to individuals for holidays and term time
Home learning support - equipment
Free books to support and encourage a love for learning