At St Teresa's Catholic School Academy, the main barriers to educational achievement that pupils in our school who are disadvantaged face are:
· Parental lack of engagement with the school, in particular the teaching and learning outcomes of their child in relation to the core subjects.
· Indifferent and, in some circumstances, unstable home lives. This results in children being unprepared for learning and not always focused on their learning due to the demands of social struggles at home. This, in turn, impacts upon their emotional well-being.
· In some cases, poor attendance meaning their progress is hampered due to them not attending school every day. This results in them missing some key concepts in English and Mathematics, which they are still yet to grasp.
· Mobile children (many children move schools during their educational journey through primary school).
· EAL, some of which links to low oracy standards when the pupil starts at our school.
· Low self-esteem and learning opportunities results in low expectations of learning and less experiential opportunities.
Whilst, as a collective, these are some of the barriers that our children face, we also recognise that each child is an individual, and we try to meet the needs of these learners on an individual basis. Our vision is to raise the aspirations and attainment of all of our pupils who are currently in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding. We hope, through the funding, to meet individual learners needs more closely, whilst adopting a whole school collective approach for how we use the funding in the best way to impact these pupils.
We will spend our pupil premium funding in the following ways to address these barriers.
· By making the necessary provision for our Deputy Headteacher, Pastoral Support Manager and SENCO to support Pupil Premium pupils in their academic learning and, additionally, through provision for their mental health, wellbeing and welfare. Year 6 children are offered additional support in this area through the DHT.
· By providing effective 1:1 support for pupils so that they can make the necessary progress in their year group alongside their peers, particularly via Learning Support Assistants in English and our Numbers Count Teacher in Mathematics.
· A whole school reading programme of support to try to promote ‘home reading’ and provide all children with equal opportunities to further engage themselves and their parents in reading at home.
· Support, resources and training, including providing dedicated Learning Support Assistant time, to Language Link programme, in order to improve the speech and language process of children at an early age. Pupil Premium children access this programme alongside their peers to broaden their language vocabulary for the future.
· Payments for Breakfast Club, School Lunches and Afterschool Club (where applicable) in order to ensure the welfare of the whole child so that they are set up for learning during each school day.
· Payments for extra-curricular activities and trips where voluntary funding is required to provide children with the same opportunities as all other children at our school.
· Payment for uniforms and taxis/ transport to ensure all pupils are provided with equal opportunities and adhere to school policies and procedure, with relevance to our Parent Handbook and attendance/ punctuality policies.
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.
- Increased parental engagement will benefit children at school (Review of best practice in parental engagement- DfE)
- Outdoor learning and ‘learning outside of the classroom’ is essential to children’s life experiences and enhances their learning opportunities. This is linked to our 10:10 Pupil Premium vision.