The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our aim of helping everyone achieve to their full potential. As a Federation, we do this by:
Firstly: assuring the best possible delivery of learning experiences in the classroom.
Secondly: we have a range of group and individual interventions designed to support those with identified needs.
Thirdly: we try to offer a rich and varied menu of activities designed to engage and motivate pupils, raising their aspirations and creating a positive view of learning.
We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals (FSM) will be socially disadvantaged For the purpose of this policy FSM children will include past as well as current recipients.
We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. Any group will be made up of FSM children and non FSM children, where their needs are similar, or where meeting their needs helps to for all.
Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at any one me.
The pupil premium is a new government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. This fixed amount of money is expected to increase every year for the course of this current Parliament. At Woodstock Special School we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to ‘narrow the gap’ regarding attainment.
Year 6 have been having weekly 5*U. They are learning how to develop Team Work, Motivation and Self Esteem. The sessions are led by Kris Tavender, the Lead Project Manager, who tracks the children's progress through formative assessment, relating to session objectives, which is recorded on a weekly basis. Also summative assessment of personal targets, which are collated and shared termly. Year 6 were thrilled to attend a trip to Ashton Gate, home of Bristol Rugby Club and Bristol City. The children had a tour of the stadium, and sat in the Bristol City changing room with the players shirts hanging up. If you work hard enough dreams can come true.
Up and coming work
With the PE Grant we received this year we have booked work to be done on our playgrounds. This will improve use for all play times and PE sessions. The grounds will have anti slip surfaces which will ensure the Children's safety. They will include a football pitch, tennis/badminton and basketball courts. On the other playgrounds, there will be a netball pitch, a maze and targets, which could be used for cross curricular in Maths. Please see attached documents for plans.