Pupil Premium Strategy 2020/21
In 2011-12 the Government launched its Pupil Premium funding. This money is sent to schools based on the number of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). Pupils who are counted as Looked After, adopted or who have special guardianship arrangements also receive additional funding. This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically, personally and socially.
At CGS pupils’ academic abilities and needs are highly individual. Our strategy for ensuring all pupils entitled to pupil premium additional support is rooted in our school systems for identifying pupil need, aspirations and barriers to learning. All pupils, irrespective of differing needs, are assessed and goals established. Strategies are then put in place and monitored to ensure pupils attain these outcomes and make outstanding progress against their starting points. For PP/LAC /SG pupils the success of these interventions is discussed in LAC and Pupil Progress meetings.
At CGS data/information analysis over time, shows no significant differences in achievement for PP /LAC (Looked After Child) / adoptive or special guardianship as specific groups. It shows that PP pupils make at least the same rate of progress as non PP pupils of similar ability and need. The school already has many interventions in place as part of our curriculum offer. Ofsted endorsed this is in 2017. Social development, well-being and academic needs remain a high priority and we spend this money on enriching social opportunities, developing and promoting life skills (both academic and social) and support around meeting additional emotional needs.
This useful additional money is being used in the following ways. Monitoring of impact is through Pupil Progress meetings looking at the impact of interventions and through pupils’ Annual review/EHCP / LAC meetings where progress is discussed.
Monies allocated to the following interventions and projects in 2020-2021
Core Curriculum Offer
Small group support for reading, additional training for staff to help children reach their full potential in reading by accessing focused interventions.
Small group support for maths, additional training for staff to help children reach their full potential in maths by accessing high quality, focused and timely interventions.
Tuition for individual talents:
To enhance the curriculum to provide additional opportunities for individual talent to thrive: funding provided qualified assistants to give music tuition.
Tuition to support catch up:
To provide extra support for those pupils who may require additional tuition to catch up in identified areas of the curriculum following the Lock down. This includes NTP intervention.
Special Support assistants: funding provided support for a small group of KS3 SLD learners (Severe Learning Difficulties) enabling them to achieve their potential. This group meets each week to ensure that they receive the highest quality of provision possible.
Special Support assistants:
Support for KS4 SLD group (Severe Learning Difficulties) Support for a small group of SLD learners enabling them to achieve their potential. The additional staffing means the pupils can meet in small groups for highly specialised interventions, specifically targeting the needs of this group of learners.
Funding provided us with the opportunity to design and build our own school Cafe. This has enabled us to train staff to run employment based programmes of study for KS4 & KS5 learners.
Funding provided us with the opportunity to design and build our biodome and offer an enhanced outdoor learning curriculum to meet pupils’ wellbeing, leisure and related life skills needs.
Pupil premium funding has been allocated this year to support groups of pupils to engage in community-based project work in line with our careers strategy.
SEMH and Engagement projects
Pupil premium funding has been used this year to support young people by training staff and delivering personalised projects and programmes of learning and engagement within the curriculum.
Pupil premium funding has been allocated this year to support a small group of young people to attend residential trips across key stages 3, 4 and 5.*
SEMH and Expressive Arts projects:
Pupil premium funding has been used this year to train staff and support groups of pupils to access projects linked to the arts in our new Green Arts space.
Additional provision of funding has enabled us to support the training of our own Play Therapist and to provide timetabled therapy to meet individual needs.
Additional provision of funding has enabled us to buy in a Music Therapist and provide timetabled therapy to meet individual needs.
Additional provision of funding has enabled us to support the training of our own Lego Therapists and to provide timetabled sessions to meet the social communication needs of our learners.*
Well Being packages for identified needs:
Additional provision of funding has enabled us to create bespoke packages and interventions for pupils in need of additional support to manage their emotions and develop their social skills.
Additional provision of funding has enabled us to provide personalised swimming sessions to meet individual need.*
Additional provision of funding has enabled us to provide staffing to facilitate pupils to access weekly horse riding sessions. *
Interventions related to Transitions
Transitions for school leavers:
Additional provision of funding to support enhanced transition packages for school aged leavers.*
Transitions back to school:
Pupil premium funding has been allocated this year to support groups of pupils with their transition back to school after the Lock Down.*
SILC – Skills and Integrated Learning Centre:
City and Guilds level 1 in plastering provision for identified learners to increase their building skills towards employability.
Additional provision of funding for enhanced careers projects to promote their development of employment skills.
* Due to covid19 we plan to start in the Summer term 2021