In line with this year’s two school improvement priorities, we have evaluated pupil premium expenditure and assessed the needs of the children to ensure that all expenditure has maximum impact on our most vulnerable children. Areas for development identified include wider enrichment activities, increased parental engagement and providing support to develop basic speech and language skills for our youngest pupils.
We initially identified the needs of our pupil premium children during a staff meeting with class teachers, by categorising our children by area of need. Common trends identified through analysis were as follows: parental engagement; wider outcomes (excluding behaviour and attendance) and social and emotional well-being.
Having identified these needs, we drew up a plan of action to try and plug the gaps and show a positive impact. We sent out The National Trust’s ‘50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾’ list as a survey, in order to try and establish some specific areas to address for our children. We have recently collated this data to identify the class and school-wide trends and the next step will be to plan for opportunities to carry out appropriate activities through the curriculum, excursions and extra-curricular activities.
Using information from class teachers and surveys sent out to parents, we identified that we need to provide improved opportunities for parents to enable them to be fully involved and engaged in school. The first Imagination Gaming parent workshop was a real success and there will be other opportunities planned in this year for parents to share in their child’s learning through practical workshops and assemblies etc.
As social and emotional well-being was identified as an area for improvement, all staff have recently accessed training for brain development and attachment disorders, including developing strategies to deal with children experiencing these difficulties. Staff are aware that should they have any other concerns these can be forwarded to the SENCo, who would liaise with the relevant outside agencies.
Analysis of previous academic data has shown that our pupil premium children make good or better progress on the whole. However, initial analysis of data for this academic year has highlighted that SPaG is a focus for the coming term, not just for pupil premium but as a whole school.
To find out more about how we use the Pupil Premium funding at Aston Hall, please view our current action plan for 2017/2018 here.
Impact of the previous years spending –
To find out more about how we used the Pupil Premium funding for the previous year at Aston Hall, please view our previous action plan for 2016/2017 here.