Pupil Premium

  • Foxfield School’s use of Pupil Premium funding 2019/2020 and 2020/2021

 

  1. Pupil Premium funding given to Foxfield for the financial year 2019/2020 was £46140

In June 2019 the Governing Board agreed the focus of their spending of the Pupil Premium Funding (PPF) for the financial year. Governors received positive feedback from the staff working in this area at the previous Pupils and Curriculum Committee meeting. As a result the Headteacher proposed the continuation of some of the previous PPF work undertaken along with some amended approaches to build on and improve work begun in the areas of sensory support and communication.

The PPF interventions in school that support the development of targeted pupils’ literacy and reading skills are well established, along with those that encourage pupil’s positive behaviours though individual behaviour support and emotional literacy sessions. These continue to have a clear impact year on year and in many case there is measurable evidence for this. Governors approved the continuation of this important work in the school year 2019/2020 with some minor changes from the work undertaken in 2018/2019. Some of these interventions were to be undertaken by existing Foxfield staff (who were released from class roles that they would otherwise be undertaking) and the funding was used to cover them in classes. The Governors also agreed to continue purchasing the services of specialist Occupational Therapists from Shine Therapy, who could work with school staff to assess and plan interventions for pupils with high level sensory needs

The initial indicative PPF allocation was £43400 but the final figure received after adjustments for the pupil number on roll was £46140.

 

  1. Evaluation of the use of Pupil Premium at Foxfield School in 2019/2020 and work undertaken is as follows:

a)  Good work was undertaken in the areas of sensory, reading and behaviour support between September 2019 and March 2020. Details of this are below. This work was then largely suspended as a result of the partial closure caused by Covid-19. Michelle Ijewsky returned to Foxfield following her maternity leave in April 2020. Her PPF work to develop pupils’ communication was planned to mainly take place in summer 2020. Michelle has still tried to undertake some of the work during this summer term through leading work undertaken by some staff that are in school. She will not be able to achieve all she wanted to do this term though including providing whole staff training

b)  £37020 was spent to fund two Level 3 Teaching Assistants (2 x 3 days per week) who provided individual support for specific pupils who needed additional help in developing their reading skills or their behaviour. These two TA3 worked on individual programmes and strategies with pupils. Evidence of reading progression and the reduction in incidents of challenging behaviour demonstrate the impact of this

c)  We employed a specialist Occupational Therapist from Shine Therapy to work for 12 days between September and March at Foxfield, priced at £3960. The therapist was commissioned to continue undertaking sensory assessments of targeted pupils and produce reports outlining their personal sensory needs. This is time consuming work which involves observations, meetings with school staff etc. Unfortunately Gavin Attwood, Foxfield’s Sensory Leader reports that he not been as pleased with the support from Shine Therapy this year. A different therapist came into school and the reports that she completed were not of the same standard as previous years. Some were a little generic and did not take into account the individual pupil’s needs that well. He had to send reports back to the therapist for corrections and feedback from teachers on the reports were that some of the strategies suggested were simply not appropriate for pupils within our setting. 

d)  £2916 was to be used to release Michelle Ijewsky, Head of Communication for a half day per fortnight week from her normal teaching timetable during summer term 2020 to enable her to work with pupils, classes and staff across the school to implement the whole school communication plan and strategy. It was hoped that Michelle’s work would also be in partnership with that provided by a Health funded Speech and Language Therapist at Foxfield. As previously mentioned, some of this work has not been possible this term but Michelle has worked with staff in school to do those things they could. She has been unable to work with the SALT as we have not had a therapist in school since March.

e)  As in previous years it was agreed to use the balance from the PPF to maintain the school’s position that extra curricular activities and opportunities are accessible to all pupils and no child will be prevented from participating in any extra curricular activities simply because their parents cannot pay for this.

 

  1. Indicative Pupil Premium funding to be given to Foxfield for the financial year 2020/2021 based on predicted pupil number on roll= £49620

 

  1. Use of the Pupil Premium funding in 2020/2021

On 8.7.20 the Governing Body of Foxfield School considered the evaluation report from the Headteacher on the use of Pupil Premium funding in 2019/2020 and his proposals for Foxfield’s Pupil Premium Strategy for 2020/2021.   The agreed to use the delegated funding as follows:

a)    £32621 to meet the costs of three Level 3 Teaching Assistants who provide individual support to specific pupils across the school who need additional help in key areas. These staff will work on specific programmes and strategies with pupils and the impact of their work can be monitored and assessed. Claire Johnston will continue developing pupils’ reading skills for 3 days per week. There will be a reduction in the time spent on behaviour support from 3 days to 2 days per week as Thom Ijewsky’s contract is reducing to 0.8 from September 2020. The school plan to deploy Thom for one day for this behaviour work and also ask Sarah Sutcliffe, another TA3 who is very experienced in behaviour support work and is also one of our Team Teach tutors to spend a day per week on this role. Sharing this responsibility and having fresh input into Foxfield’s behaviour support work is a positive development.

b)    To implement the Sensory Leader’s proposal that we only purchase the equivalent of 6 days of Shine Therapy’s time next academic year at a cost of approximately £2500. This would enable the specialist Occupational Therapist to observe and advise on pupils only where extra expert knowledge is needed. Foxfield would also commission Shine to provide some whole staff training at a suitable time as previous training they have delivered at Foxfield was very successful. The estimated cost of this would be £500.

In addition to the input from Shine Therapy Governors intend to allocate sufficient funding to release appropriate staff from their normal timetable commitments for 12 days over the school year to create, implement and monitor the provision of sensory diets for our pupils. Gavin Attwood our Sensory leader will lead and undertake some of this work as he has received additional training in this area which the school can utilise. Gavin could spend time observing the relevant pupils within their class then work with class teams to create the pupils’ sensory diets and plan interventions. Other members of staff may also be realised to work with Gavin or to develop sensory related tasks themselves. This approach could be more beneficial for a great many pupils and Gavin will be able to monitor sensory provision over a longer period in different settings and revisit classes in order to assess the impact of this work.

Shine’s therapists would then only be used to provide additional advice and expertise where required, or when a specialist Occupational Therapist report was needed. The cost of releasing a teacher for 12 days over the school year, by employing a supply teacher to cover this, would be £1920.

c)    £1920 will be used for Michelle Ijewsky, Head of Communication to be released for 12 days from her normal teaching timetable to enable her to work with pupils, classes and staff across the school to continue implementing the whole school communication plan and strategy. She will once again work in partnership with the Language Assistant and the Health funded Speech and Language Therapist, when she returns to Foxfield.

d)    To use £2000 from the PPF to ensure that extracurricular activities and opportunities remain accessible to all pupils and no pupil will be prevented from participating in any activities simply because their parents cannot pay for this. The school would use this funding to subsidise the broad range of extra curricular activities that are offered to pupils including residential trips and after school clubs. This money reduces or covers the costs where parents/carers need financial assistance to meet all or part of the fee charged to other families. This funding means that no pupil is prevented from participating is such activities because their parents cannot afford this

e)    The remaining £8,159 can be used by the new Headteacher to introduce and implement any strategies that he thinks would be beneficial for the pupils. He will have fresh ideas and experience of things that have worked well in his previous school and so it is proactive to identify some funding that he could use in his first year in post to support innovation in school.      

 

Andre Baird, Headteacher

July 2020