Pupil Premium Strategy 2017/18
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 goals and make outstanding progress against their starting points. For PP/LAC /SG pupils the success of these interventions is highlighted in LAC and Pupil Progress meetings.
At CGS data 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 2017-2018
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.
To enhance the curriculum to provide additional opportunities for individual talent to thrive: funding provided qualified assistants to give music tuition and photography sessions.
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 morning for literacy/ numeracy and Occupational Therapy / sensory work specifically targeting the needs of this group of learners
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 specialized 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 u to train staff to run employment based programmes of study for KS4 & KS5 learners.
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 used this year to support a small group of young people to attend residential trips across key stages 3, 4 and 5.
Gangs against violence:
Pupil premium funding has been used this year to support a small group of young people to support them with relevant work around bullying and exploitation
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 inclusive of work with:
'Mental Health Drama Project' promoting the awareness of healthy minds and wellbeing in Merton
Dance project aimed at promoting the positivity of boys' dance through a series of workshops and a performance at the South Bank Dance Centre
Norman Plastow Gallery:
Art work projects with our Shed 13 residential artist promoting healthy minds and self-esteem through a visual arts exhibition that celebrates the work of our young
Additional provision of funding has enabled us to employ a CAMHs worker to support families with metal health and wellbeing needs
Play Therapy/ Additional provision of funding has enabled us to have our own Play Therapist to provide therapeutic interventions to develop emotional wellbeing for children experiencing behavioural and emotional difficulties which prevents them from fulfilling their fullest potential.
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.
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