At St Teresa's Catholic Academy, the main barriers to educational achievement that pupils in our school who are disadvantaged face are:
· Mobile children (been in the school less than two years)
· Low levels of oracy skills at the beginning of EYFS
· Core skills in reading, writing and maths not developed or valued at home
· Home learning not supported or understood at home
· High levels of oracy and language skill are not modelled consistently to children (including EAL)
· Family’s involvement in the wider school community is limited
· Low self-esteem and low expectations for learning.
We will spend our pupil premium funding in the following ways to address these barriers.
· Free attendance at Breakfast club available to all children eligible for the grant so they are in a positive learning mode for the start of the day
· The Assistant Headteacher spends dedicated time focusing on raising the attainment and attendance of all children eligible for grant
· Taxis funded in exceptional circumstances
· Sessions with our Pastoral Support Manager
· Implementation of Assertive Mentoring throughout the school, to provide high quality feedback to pupils on their learning progress
· Funding for high-quality, engaging educational visits
· Funding for children to participate in wider curriculum opportunities in school.
· Reading with the Beanstalk volunteer if necessary
· Intensive sessions with the Numbers Count teacher if required
· Small group teaching in Year 6 for reading, writing and maths led by the teaching assistants
· Small differentiated and focused phonics/SPAG groups if necessary
· Daily reading in DEAR time if required
· Additional funded time for SENCo to address identified issues
Our rationale for spending the money in this way is:
· Small group work provides moderate impact for moderate cost (Sutton Trust)
· One-to-one tuition provides moderate impact for high cost (Beanstalk and Numbers Count) (Sutton Trust)
· Oral language interventions (Language Link) provides moderate impact for very low cost (Sutton Trust)
· Increased well-being and involvement by talking with the Pastoral Support Manager
· In many of these instances an increase in our Teaching Assistant staffing allows us to implement the strategies above.