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Pupil Premium

The Use of and Impact of the Pupil Premium

Context

The St. Christopher School is a special school for children aged 3-19 years with a range of learning difficulties including autism, ADHD, communication and interaction difficulties, cognition and learning difficulties and some with social emotional and mental health difficulties.  All pupils have a Statement of SEN/EHC plan.  Levels of attainment upon entry to the school are significantly below age related expectations.  The catchment area is wide with pupils placed via many different Local Authorities.

Pupil premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011.  The funding is provided in addition to the main Special School funding from the LA and is intended to help disadvantaged pupils to ‘close the gap’ and to raise attainment and improve progress.  A high percentage of our pupils receive Pupil Premium funding.

Children who are eligible include:

 Objectives

The St. Christopher School’s Effective Use of Pupil Premium

Our learners who are eligible for pupil premium are not underachieving in comparison to their peers – this is due to our relentless commitment to personalised learning around the holistic needs of the individual.  “They ensure that the pupil premium is used wisely to benefit all pupils.” (Ofsted 2017).

In order to better monitor our pupils’ outcomes the school has adopted a number of assessment and tracking systems tailored to the individual needs of our pupils.  This has enabled the school to track and monitor the impact of pupil premium funding in a more consistent manner.  The tracking is linked to specific targets for each pupil via their ISPs and EHCP’s.

A great deal of evidence showing the progress of all pupils, including our pupil premium students, is collated on film on our website.  The video, which was created by our own pupils, is useful in fully understanding the impact that the pupil premium has for the positive wellbeing of the whole school.  This gives a flavour of how we use visual evidence and media to show pupil outcomes and impact of the overall learning environment.  We also collate specific case studies on a number of students which charts their progress in academic areas as well as their progress in resilience, adaptability and overcoming of specific barriers to everyday life.  This can include difficulties with feeding, dressing or obsessional behaviours such as becoming upset when hearing a telephone ring, which prevent learning.

 

Pupil Premium – Financial Year 2017 to 2018

In the 2017 to 2018 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as having left local authority care because of one of the following:

 The Use and Impact of the Pupil Premium Grant Academic Year 2017-18

 Allocation – £133,760

The school’s pupil premium allocation for this current school year 2017-2018 is expected to be £133,760.  This information was taken by the DfE from the January ’17 Census:

73 primary aged pupils (67 x £1,320 = £96,360) and

40 secondary aged pupils (40 x £935 = £37,400)

The Local Authorities who have children placed at the school this academic year include Southend on Sea Borough Council, Essex County Council, London Borough of Redbridge, Thurrock Council, Hertfordshire County Council and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

The allocation will be spent on providing support for specific areas.  These are:

Usage – 2017-18 – Barriers to Learning and Development

Due to the number of pupils affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder, the predominant barrier to learning at The St. Christopher School is the development of communication and language skills.  The other main area of need is that of behavioural support for those pupils with challenging behaviours.  Both these areas are key skills that need additional specialist support to enable pupils to make the most of their abilities and develop into successful learners in school and when they leave school and move into the outside world.

Speech and Language Therapists

This involves the employment of qualified Speech and Language Therapists who are on the school site throughout the school year working with individual and groups of pupils as well as working in the classrooms alongside staff, giving advice and support in the development of language and communication.  This team of four specialist staff are employed by the school and there is no financial support for this service, the NHS do not provide any speech therapy.

Occupational Therapist

We employ a specialist Occupational & Sensory Integration Therapist.  She works for the school two days a week providing support directly with children and advice to staff on helping our pupils overcome some of their difficulties with sensory regulation.  This allows them the time and confidence to learn and prevents the sensitivity to sound/touch/smell/taste etc from being a barrier to learning and development.

School Counsellors / Learning Mentors

 Interventions

 Impact and Progress

The Use and Impact of the Pupil Premium Grant Academic Year 2016-17

Allocation – £125,840

The school’s pupil premium allocation for the school year 2016-2017 was £125,840.  This information was taken by the DfE from the January ’16 Census:

67 primary aged pupils (67 x £1,320 = £88,440) and

40 secondary aged pupils (40 x £935 = £37,400)

The Local Authorities who had children placed at the school included Southend on Sea Borough Council, Essex County Council, London Borough of Redbridge, Thurrock Council and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

The allocation was spent on providing support for specific areas.  These were:

 

The Use and Impact of the Pupil Premium Grant Academic Year 2015-16

Allocation – £133,746

The school’s Pupil Premium allocation for the academic year 2015-16 was £133,746 for those pupils entitled to Free School Meals and those pupils in the care of Local Authorities.  Approximately 55% of pupils were in receipt of pupil premium.  The Local Authorities who had children placed at the school during this academic year included Southend, Essex, Redbridge, Thurrock and Barking and Dagenham.

Additionally, the school was in receipt of £12,000 of Year 7 Catch-up funding (£500 per pupil).  This is a premium to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

Both the pupil premium and the catch-up funding were spent similarly to previous years:

Speech and language therapists
School counsellors
Pastoral support
Occupational therapist
Accessing diverse curriculum i.e. Action Learning
Support with residential visits