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Pupil Premium Report  2015-16

The school aim is for all children to achieve their potential and eliminate all barriers to learning. In order to do this, we ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the pupils, and that appropriate provision is made for those who belong to vulnerable groups, including those who are socially disadvantaged.

 

We recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged will meet the Pupil Premium criteria.

 

At the Oaktree School we are committed to helping every child and their family achieve their very best.  Through creating a deep and complex, well-resourced and vibrant, high quality learning environment, and through valuing ‘Parents as Partners’, we continually strive to actively promote the progress and attainment of all our pupils, regardless of need.  We work hard to encourage agencies to work together and to be as ‘joined up as possible’ to support this ethos.  This commitment is summarised in more detail within our Single Equality Plan.

 

We have a small number of children eligible for Pupil Premium.  Our families tend to only meet the criteria because there has been a traumatic change in their lives such as a death in the family or a family break up.  These families need a lot of support to enable the children to access learning and make progress.

 

The Pupil Premium Grant

The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium at The Oaktree School is below the national average 25.2% the school 11.2%.   All pupils in this group meet the criteria for Pupil Premium and some are looked after children.

 

The Oaktree School received a total of £40,721

 

We are committed to a fully inclusive provision in which all vulnerable groups are supported to thrive, Governors have allocated a further school funds to fulfil its ambitions for these children to provide a fully inclusive ‘outstanding’ provision.  

 

Overarching Principles Pupil Premium Expenditure

  • A personalised provision where we help every child and their family, regardless of ability, to do their best.
  • High quality learning.
  • A responsive inclusion provision, which is extensive and comprehensive and offers high quality learning.
  • Skillful family support.
  • Careful and robust Child Protection.
  • Good customer service and a nurturing ethos which supports families. 
  • A culture which values "Parents as Partners" on the learning journey.
  • Responsive leaders, having a high impact on learning and standards, working within a ‘hands on’ and ‘can do’ culture.
  • High profile activities which engage parents and the community.

School Initiatives to Achieve this Vision

  • High ratios of Teaching assistants
  • High quality learning in class and support groups.
  • Leadership Courses.
  • Regular non-contact time for teachers and leaders.
  • Parent coaching, Support Group and drop in sessions.
  • An Inclusive Model.
  • Accessible office staff.
  • Subsidised School Visits.
  • Natural depletion over time of library book stock.
  • Lunch Club for children with sensory needs
  • Purchase of electronic equipment to support learning
  • Enhanced Speech and Language support.
  • Nurturing sessions such as self Esteem sessions such as 1:1 counselling, SEAL groups, Feelings Art Book.
  • Curriculum enhancement such as providing funding for children to access outside clubs.
  • 1:1 reading support programme.
  • Specific in-day clubs for target groups eg. Literacy support, maths support, phonics. Funding is allocated following regular analysis of pupil progress. Targeted provision is given to those in need of additional support, aimed at accelerating progress and narrowing the gap for socially disadvantaged pupils. This may include small group work, 1:1 support or additional teaching and learning opportunities.

 

Pupil Premium Funding - September 2015-August 2016

Money Paid in

In-school provision

Money Paid out

£40,721

Part-time speech and language Assistant

4040

 

Part-time Parent and Child Support

4040

 

In-school interventions Year 1 (6)

2514

 

In-school interventions Year 2 (15)

6273

 

Year R (9)  Nursery Nurse part-time

9472

 

Outside Clubs provision

337

 

Trips

1142

 

% of TA time in each year group Year 1 (30 mins per day)

3454

 

% of TA time in each year group Year 2 (30 mins per day)

3454

 

25% of Lunch Club

1478

 

Leadership Training

2525

 

Free School Meal Payments

5676

Total:  £40,721

 

£44,405.00

 

Further Details of Above initiatives:

  • Our dedicated team of support staff work across the school to ensure access to the curriculum by the  provision  of  various  interventions  to  ensure  all  children  reach  make good to outstanding progress. 
  • We employ a nursery nurse to provide interventions across our Reception unit so that interventions can be targeted to meet individual needs quickly. 
  • We have a team of skilled, energetic and vibrant teachers and support staff; and they work very hard to ensure that learning within our school remains outstanding.  Teachers receive additional non-contact time and personalised training, to ensure they remain reflective practitioners. Similarly, we accelerate the maturity and capacity of our leaders through attendance at local and national leadership courses and bespoke coaching/supervision to ensure that Leadership remains outstanding.  This helps to ensure that learning is maximised and that school initiatives and systems continue to make an impact and offer ‘outstanding value for money’.
  • Our Parent Support Team work carefully with families to nurture relationships and offer very specialist care.  This expertise extends to providing close links within our local community, ensuring that various agencies continue to work in a ‘joined up manner’ to follow up this support.
  • We believe that good customer service is important and therefore build bridges with families to provide a nurturing atmosphere. Accordingly, our school office for example has a comparatively high ratio of staff, who are well trained and pro-active in offering good service and adopt a solution-focused approach to their duties.

 

Impact

Unfortunately our children did not achieve as well as other disadvantaged children nationally this year in the end of year SATs due to the high level of need. As stated above a high proportion of our families have suffered difficult circumstances during the last two years and have needed a high level of academic and pastoral support.   We are pleased that the children made so much progress academically and socially during their time in the school.  A number of children in this group experienced very traumatic events in their lives and needed a wide range of support.  During the three years the children in this group undertook a significant number of academic and social and emotional interventions which enabled them to make good or exceeding progress.  During the Foundation Stage Speaking and Listening and Social Skills groups were a priority need before some of the children were ready to learn.  By the end of Year 2 100% of children passed the Phonic Check and majority were working ‘towards’ Year 2 end of expectations.  The Self Esteem groups had the biggest impact upon the children who undertook these interventions. The children gained confidence and were more willing to engage in the curriculum by the end of the year.

 

2016 – 2017  Actions

  • Teachers to continue to meet with the parents of all PP children to agree a plan of action to meet their child’s needs.
  • The teachers to meet with the SENDCo to ensure that intervention provision is meeting the needs of identified children. 
  • A tailored programme for each child. 
  • Track children’s progress half termly to ensure that progress is good or better.

 

 

 

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