Pupil Premium

Foxfield School’s use of Pupil Premium funding 2018/2019 and 2019/2020

Pupil Premium funding given to Foxfield for the financial year 2018/2019 = £44375

In June 2018 the Governing Board agreed the focus of their spending of the Pupil Premium Funding (PPF) for the financial year. 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 which develop literacy and reading skills along with those that encourage pupil’s positive behaviours though individual behaviour support and emotional literacy sessions are well established. All have proven to have a clear,  and in some case a measurable impact year on year and Governors are impressed by this work and its outcomes. Governors approved the continuation of this important work in the school year 2018/2019 and its progress was to be monitored.

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 spending of the Pupil Premium in 2018/2019 at Foxfield School was therefore as follows

  1. £36010  to meet the costs of two Level 3 Teaching Assistants (2 x 3 days per week) who provide individual support to specific pupils across the school who need additional help in developing their reading skills or their behaviour. These staff work on specific programmes and strategies with particular pupils and the impact of their work can be monitored and assessed.

  2. To employ a specialist Occupational Therapist from Shine Therapy to work for 12 days at Foxfield priced at £3960 over the year 2018/2019 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, parents etc. This was an estimate by the Sensory Leader of the time required for this work with our pupils in over the academic year.

  3. £2916 to release Michelle Ijewsky Head of Communication to be released for  a lesson per week or half a day per fortnight week from her normal teaching timetable to enable her to work with pupils, classes and staff across the school to implement the whole school communication plan and strategy. She was to work with and guide the school’s Language Assistant to maximise the impact of her work. It was hoped that Michelle’s work would also be in partnership with that provided by a Health funded Speech and Language Therapists at Foxfield.

  4. 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. The school would use up to £1489 PPF to subsidise the broad range of extra curricular activities that are offered to pupils including residential trips and after school clubs.



Evaluation of the use of Pupil Premium in 2018/2019 at Foxfield School

On 15th May 2019 the Governors’ Pupils and Curriculum Committee reviewed the impact of the use of PPF over the academic year. The four school staff who had led or delivered funded interventions told Governors about the scope of the work that had been undertaken and its impact. Governors were impressed by this work, how it is targeted at the individual pupils who can benefit from it most and its outcomes. The work on behaviour support, communication and sensory assessments is also improving the skills and understanding of other staff and developing practice across the school.

The committee therefore recommend to the full Governing Body that the Pupil Premium Funding available in 2019/2020 should be used to continue the work undertaken in 2018/2019, but adjusting the level of time Michelle Ijewsky is given to undertake her communication work given that she will be on maternity leave for the first part of the school year.

 

Indicative Pupil Premium funding to given to Foxfield for the financial year 2019/2020= £43440

The Pupils and Curriculum Committee recommend that Foxfield’s Pupil Premium Strategy for 2019/2020 should be as follows:

  1. £37020 to meet the costs of two Level 3 Teaching Assistants (3 days each per week) who provide individual support to specific pupils across the school who need additional help in developing their reading skills or their behaviour. These staff will work on specific programmes and strategies with particular pupils and the impact of their work can be monitored and assessed.

  2. To employ a specialist Occupational Therapist from Shine Therapy to work for 12 days at Foxfield priced at £4000 over the year 2019/2020 to continue undertaking sensory assessments of targeted pupils and produce reports outlining their personal sensory needs. They will also provide support and training for staff to help them to act upon the findings of the assessments and the recommendations.

  3. £900 for Michelle Ijewsky, Head of Communication to be released for 12 half days from her normal teaching timetable when she returns from maternity leave in the 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. She will once again work in partnership with the Language Assistant and the Health funded Speech and Language Therapists at Foxfield.

  4. To use the balance of £1520 from the PPF to ensure that extra curricular 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.     

 

This proposal for the use of Foxfield’s Pupil Premium funding in 2019/2020 was approved by the Full Governing Body at their meeting on 19.6.19.

 Andre Baird, Headteacher