Pupil Premium Report

PUPIL PREMIUM AT SHIRE OAK

The Pupil Premium is allocated to children who are known to be or who have previously been eligible for free school meals, those whose parents are in the armed forces and those children who are looked after (i.e. in care). It was designed to help schools remove barriers to good learning that may be experienced by certain children in more difficult circumstances.

At Shire Oak we want the very best education for all our children. Our focus is on the progress that children make, and we monitor this very closely. We do this by tracking all children’s assessments and discussing this with the headteacher and senior leaders at least three times a year. This is around the time of our parents’ evenings so that parents and carers are fully involved in making sure children are making the best progress they can. We separately track different groups at school and along with Pupil Premium children we track able children, boys and girls, children with Special Educational Needs and children with English as an Additional Language as well as any children who are in danger of not making the progress they are capable of.

We received £37,800 in Pupil Premium funding for 2012 / 2013.

Here are some examples of how Pupil Premium money has been used:

  • A dedicated ‘Numbers Count’ teacher who works for at least half a day a week making sure all children enter KS2 with secure number skills and that older children get extra help if they are not making good progress. She also supports the teachers with diagnostic assessments of children’s difficulties with maths and helps to design appropriate programmes for them as well as making sure that all children are benefitting from a multi-sensory approach to learning maths
  • Other targeted interventions for maths and English, such as Beat Dyslexia, Talking Maths and the Catch Up Reading programme. This is done partly by increasing the number of Learning Support Assistants that work in school so that each class has at least one assistant that the teacher can direct to work with children at any level
  • Revision club for Year 6
  • Leeds Philosophy Exchange. We work with a community philosopher and post and undergraduates from the University to work on developing children’s philosophical enquiry skills. This helps all children to develop their academic and cognitive language, their reasoning skills, academic resilience and the ability to argue in a positive way.
  • Educational visits
  • Residential visits
  • Music lessons, etc. We have an Opportunities Fund at school to remove barriers to learning and progress, and this includes provision for children to pursue their talents and interests in extra-curricular activities
  • Coordinating the work of volunteers. Our volunteers make a strong contribution to children’s reading and other skills. In order to make sure they are effectively directed and properly inducted we invest in this work.
  • Nurture work, including the therapeutic intervention Drawing and Talking

The impact of these interventions:

Naturally it can be very difficult to identify exactly which factors have made the biggest difference to a child who is benefitting from our broad and balanced curriculum, good pastoral support and any specific interventions put in place for them. However, we do know that our targeted work is making a difference:

Our KS2 English results in 2012 were significantly above the national results for children in receipt of Free School Meals and those with low prior attainment.

Y2 children taking part in the Numbers Count intervention typically make about 24 months progress in the few months that they are with Mrs Woodley.

We have data about the individual children and the progress they have made on these different interventions but sharing this on our website may allow individual children to be identified.