The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is a Government funded grant for all schools in England, aimed at addressing underlying inequalities. It is allocated to children from families who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), and children looked after in local authority care. Schools are expected to use the funding to help close attainment gaps for eligible pupils; they are free to spend the Pupil Premium Grant as they see fit but will be accountable for how they have used the funding to support pupils from low income families. There is the expectation that schools will be able to demonstrate impact on the attainment of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium.
At Bellfield infant School we are committed to promoting the progress and attainment of all our pupils, whatever their backgrounds. The targeted and strategic use of the Pupil Premium will support us in achieving our vision. We focus on getting the basics of spoken language, literacy and numeracy right as early as possible, and work with parents to maximise engagement with their child’s education.
1.1.We have an enhanced team of support staff who work across the school to ensure access to the curriculum by the provision of interventions in reading, writing and mathematics for children who are not making expected progress or not reaching expected levels of attainment, or other children identified as needing extra support.
Our SENCO is non-class based and provides targeted support for groups of children in literacy (reading, phonics and writing) and mathematics.
Four trained teaching assistants provide one-to-one and small group work supporting children with social, communication and language needs that may be barriers to their learning, as well as literacy interventions.
Nurture groups are held daily to support those children who need support in their social skills and self esteem.
1.2. We pay for the services of a Speech & Language therapist for four days a week; she works with pupils, staff and parents. This helps us to address needs around communication, speech and language from early on in a child’s school career. Developing children’s language from the earliest possible moment is the most significant of all interventions in narrowing the attainment gap.
Our WellComm speech and language programme identifies and supports individual children’s language development; this programme is well established in Nursery and is used in Reception for those pupils that require it.
Out Teaching Assistants have been trained to deliver ‘Language Land’ sessions with children in the EYFS which helps to develop their speaking and listening skills
1.3. Our tracking system enables us to track the progress and attainment of children in reading, writing and mathematics on a half termly basis. The data is analysed, and feeds back into planning for provision, to ensure that children, whatever their backgrounds, are able to access the curriculum and are making good or outstanding progress in their learning.