Pupil Premium is government funding, provided to support the learning of children eligible for free school meals (fsm) or who have been eligible for fsm in the last 6 years (ever6). Pupil Premium is also provided to support children looked after and children whose parent works in the armed services.
At Sir John Barrow School we have a very clear and focused rationale and strategy for improving outcomes for children eligible for Pupil Premium Funding. We review the impact of Pupil Premium regularly to ensure impact, including external reviews to ensure objectivity and transparency.
Last Internal Review Date: September 2022
Next Internal Review Date: February 2023
2022-23 Pupil Premium
At Sir John Barrow School Pupil Premium Funding is used in the following ways:
We employ skilled teaching assistants at SJB and we deploy them carefully to support children’s learning. This may be in the form of one to one work or group work in the classroom or out of the classroom. Sometimes our teaching assistants work within the classroom allowing the class teacher to concentrate on a specific group of children. When children work outside the classroom on focused tasks, the class teacher is able to concentrate his or her teaching on a smaller number of children, addressing more specific needs.
We employ additional teacher support, where required, to teach 1-1 or small groups, with a very specific focus to accelerate learning in English and/or Mathematics
Miss Robinson fulfils this role, in addition to her SENCo role. She provides family support where required to prevent or overcome any barriers to learning for our children. Miss Robinson also creates opportunities for all our families to increase their own knowledge in how they can support their child’s educational development both at home and at school.
Sometimes specific programmes, usually short term, are established; where it is felt a child has a specific need which must be addressed in order for them to progress with their learning. This may be provided by a qualified teacher or a teaching assistant with specific skills.
In addition, support may be given to allow children to access valuable learning experiences at SJB. For example subsidising educational visits and residentials or visitors into school.
We use some pupil premium fund to employ an effective EWO, half a day a week. Attendance matters if children are to achieve their potential and Miss Todd, supports our children to be in school every day. Miss Todd is also the EWO for UVHS, our main feeder secondary school.
We use some pupil premium fund to employ a highly skilled Speech and Language Therapist one day a week. Mrs Bramhall works with teachers and teaching assistants to support children’s speech and language development as well as working directly with children at SJB.
We also provide a non-profit making Breakfast Club. This is run by our SERIS worker and also provides an opportunity to support some of our children’s social and emotional needs and can help to prepare them for the school day.
The progress of all our children, including our pupil premium children is monitored regularly by the Headteacher, subject leaders and class teachers. Formal monitoring happens once a term and necessary actions are agreed to prevent any child falling behind and to ensure more able children remain challenged. Intervention programmes and whole school strategies are evaluated closely and impact measured. This information is used to decide future actions.