Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-2017

We receive additional funding (pupil premium) to support the achievement of children currently in receipt of free school meals, or who have been in receipt of free school meals within the last six years; looked after children and children of forces personnel.

Allocation and Spending 2016-17

The pupil premium grant continues to be £1320 per eligible child from April 2016. Our school was given an allocation in 2016-17 of £136,000.

Allocation of Pupil Premium funding will continue to be spent to address barriers to learning. All approaches outlined below have been decided based on the following research and evaluation:

  • evaluation of the effectiveness of previous spending
  • identification of the main barriers to educational achievement      discussions with higher achieving schools within the Trust and beyond
  • Education Endowment Foundation research as an independent      grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income      and educational achievement, ensuring that children and young people from      all backgrounds can fulfil their potential and make the most of their      talents. The EEF invests in evidence-based projects which focus on      tackling the attainment gap.

Barriers to educational achievement are tracked on a termly basis for all disadvantaged children. The main barriers to educational achievement at Highcliffe are:

  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Readiness for school
  • Speech and communication skills in early schooling
  • Parental engagement i.e. homework (inc. home support with reading,      spelling etc.), attendance at parents evenings and attendance at school      run events.

The fund for 2016-2017 will be utilised for the following activities:

  • Appointment of a lead Thrive Practitioner and      training for three additional in school Thrive Practitioners;
  • Whole school training on the Thrive approach;

What is Thrive?

‘What does it take to develop healthy, happy, confident children who are ready and open to learning?

Recent advances in neuroscience, attachment theory and child development have provided some of the answers to this question.

The Thrive Approach draws on insights from these fields to provide a powerful way of working with children and young people that supports optimal social and emotional development. In particular, the Approach equips you to work in a targeted way with children and young people who have struggled with difficult life events to help them re-engage with life and learning.’

  • A more flexible Nurture Group to support children      in Reception and Y1;
  • Introduction of homework clubs within school;
  • Staff professional development in raising boys      achievement
  • Weekly counselling service available to support children;
  • Assistant Head continuing as “Pupil Premium      Champion” with weekly release to evaluate spending, monitor progress of      eligible children, attending future training as a Pupil Premium Reviewer;
  • Pupil progress and feedback meetings to plan and      review “Raising Achievement Plans” for targeted children;
  • 1 to1 and small group pre teaching in reading,      writing and/or mathematics for targeted children in Y4 to Y6;
  • Additional targeted 0.6 teacher in upper KS2;
  • Additional targeted 0.4 teacher in Years 2-4;
  • Staff professional development in raising      standards, effective assessment and feedback;
  • Twice weekly “Book and Breakfast” family reading      session;
  • Specialist support for social and emotional needs      for targeted children by two teaching assistants;
  • Weekly Early Intervention support to improve      attendance and punctuality;
  • Subsidies for enrichment activities, such as residential      visits.

Progress and attainment of children in receipt of pupil premium will be monitored in 2016-17 by the Pupil Premium Champion, through termly pupil progress meetings and the termly meeting of the Governing Body’s Every Child Matters Committee.

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