The school receives funding from the Government to support it in trying to meet the needs of all children. This is known as the Pupil Premium. The Pupil Premium is additional funding from the Government, provided to schools for the support of pupils from low income families in a bid to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children. They believe it is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM). Schools are obliged to report annually on how they spend this money and what impact it has on pupil progress.
Overview of the school:
Number of Eligible Pupils (Deprivation)`
At Harefield Primary School, we are committed to providing all of our children with equal opportunities, and strongly believe all have an entitlement to achieve their potential, whatever their circumstances.
We place inclusivity at the heart of all we do. We aim to develop lifelong learners by removing barriers and increasing resilience and self-esteem.
We are committed to providing quality first teaching to ensure the needs of all pupils are met.
We carefully distribute resources to ensure that all of our vulnerable groups receive appropriate provision.
We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being in need of intervention and support.
Key areas of spending in 2017-2018
Further details of the spending in 2017-2018 can be seen in the spend and impact pdf below.
Actions to improve the attendance of PP children:
Actions to support wellbeing of PP children and improve learning behaviours:
- School social worker employed to work with vulnerable pupils on aspiration and behavioural support.
- Family Support Worker employed 1 day a week to support children and families with challenging behaviour at home to access appropriate resources.
- Provision of 5 ELSAs providing support for approximately 16 hours a week.
- Fortnightly access to EP to support with disadvantaged pupils.
- Sports Coaches once a week (responding to pupil interviews to increase confidence and self-esteem and improve aspirations).
- Employment of additional Dinner lady to support specific pupils during the lunchtime period.
- Rock challenge to raise confidence and self-esteem.
- Workshops to support families with behaviour, basic skills (Literacy and Numeracy) and social skills.
IMPACT: Thirty-six PP children accessed ELSA and Monday morning club. 40% of those accessing EP time were PP children. Sports coaches improved behaviour during lunchtime for Year 6.
Actions to support the improvement of oral language skills of those eligible for PP:
- Speech and language therapist one day per fortnight + dedicated S&L TA.
- Fortnightly access to EP to support with disadvantaged pupils.
- Investment in BLAST 2 intervention and additional time with S&L ta and therapist to cover all children in the Year R cohort and tackle issues early.
- Development of outside area to support disadvantaged pupils with positive interactions and social skills (+training on support children with this).
- Duty meals provided for staff to build relationships and social skills at lunch.
IMPACT: 100% Pupil Premium children achieve or exceed speaking and understanding ELG compared with 92% previous year. Pupil premium children are making better progress than peers for reading.
Actions to support the access to equipment and enriching activities for Pupil Premium children:
- Provision of free teacher clubs.
- Free school uniform for lower income families.
- Funding for educational visits for those pupils who need financial support.
- Funding of compelling learning experiences such as theatre production provided from outside agencies.
- Provision of FAIRSHARE for vulnerable, allocation, distribution and delivery.
- After school club provision with free access being offered to PP eligible children when a need arises.
- Provision of Cool Milk for PP children on a daily basis.
- In school compelling learning experiences (resources ordered to support with theme days).
- Rock challenge free at all stages to raise self esteem and boost belonging.
IMPACT: Fifty-eight children accessed free school uniform. Twenty three families accessed Fareshare which was delivered direct to their home. A number of families were supported by scratch, with one PP family receiving vital cooking equipment with the nominal fee covered by PP funding. Three children accessed breakfast club at no cost to support family and breakfast club is heavily subsidised so that all families are able to access.
Actions to improve the progress of Pupil Premium children across the curriculum but particularly for reading and writing:
- Sports Coaches once a week who spend some time reading with PP boys.
- Additional reading resources.
- Increased CPD opportunities for teachers and teaching assistants to give them the skills to help certain children improve their results and close the gap.
- In school compelling learning experiences.
- Provision of additional resources to support learning for disadvantaged pupils e.g. (ICT provision).
- Focussed interventions across school to support progress.
- EP support fortnightly to support key children or develop adults.
IMPACT: Pupil premium children are making better progress than peers for reading in KS1 but in other areas they are outstripped by their non Pupil Premium peers.
Key focus areas for 2018-2019
As a result of reviewing the impact of previous interventions the following barriers to learning were identified and appropriate actions planned for the coming year. Further information can be seen within the spend forecast PDF below.
Ensuring attendance improves for all but particularly our pupil premium children. Key actions for this include:
- the continuation of employment of our Family Support worker and our Welfare and Community Liaison Officer who work closely with families to improve issues surrounding attendance.
- the creation of an ELSA Monday morning club to support children who find it difficult to transition into school after the weekend.
- the development of further attendance incentive schemes.
- Subsidised or free provision of breakfast club for key families.
Improving Speech and language for those who come from low income backgrounds. Key actions for this include:
- Continued provision of a S&L TA who will monitor progress of our key children and advise staff to ensure needs are met.
- Continued employment of a S&L therapist one day a fortnight to monitor the progress of key children.
- The continued use of BLAST 2 in our EYFS setting to put our new starters off in the right direction and boost language skills.
Improved rates of progress across the curriculum for those eligible for Pupil Premium funding (a narrowing of the gap). Key actions for this include:
- The employment of a non-teaching Teaching and Learning Coach to ensure QFT in all classrooms.
- The employment of a non-teaching Inclusion Lead to closely monitor the provision and progress of Pupil Premium children.
- Regular and rigorous monitoring of all aspects of teaching to ensure that all children receive appropriately pitched work.
An increased level of engagement by parents of Pupil Premium children in their childs learning and progress. Key actions to achieve this include:
- Inclusion Lead to work closely with parents of key children to ensure Learning and Behaviour Plans are fully understood.
- A new EYFS Lead who will use a range of strategies from small group workshops to our Tapestry system to encourage parental engagement right from the early years.
- Incentive schemes to improve reading at home uptake.
- The provision of the Marvellous Me app which will allow more regular positive home school communication.
Ensuring that the wellbeing of our Pupil Premium children does not impact on their readiness or ability to learn. Key actions to achieve this include:
- Provision of our new Treetops Nurture setting for key children.
- Provision of ELSA from an experienced ELSA for key children.
- Provision at breaktime and lunchtime for key children who need additional support.
- Access to Sports Coaches to work with key year groups or children.
- Fortnightly access to an Educational Psychologist.
- Access to our family support worker who has a wealth of knowledge of where to seek additional help for key children and families.
Equal opportunities to engage with clubs, trips and equipment for our Pupil Premium children. Key actions to achieve this include:
- Provision of free school uniform to key families.
- Provision of Fareshare to key families.
- 50% of all teacher led clubs to be Pupil Premium children.
- Free provision of Rock Challenge.
- Subsidising of the Breakfast Club.
- Subsidised or free attendance on school trips for key families.