Academic Year – 2015/16
St. Matthew’s C of E Primary is a small school and as a result there are only a small number of children in each cohort. We do not, therefore, publish any details that might identify individual pupils.
Along with all schools nationally we receive additional funding for children who are identified as eligible. This funding, our “pupil premium funding” is used to support these pupils within the school setting to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential. In 2015/16 we received £8,800 of pupil premium funding.
Children in the school learn well but there are times during many children’s development when learning can be more difficult. Staff and governors of the school have identified some key barriers to learning for some of our pupils including some of those in receipt of pupil premium funding;
- Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties that, at times, can make learning difficult.
- Difficulties with being independent in their learning.
- Limited understanding of the wider world, particularly due to the small size of the school and local community.
These three aspects are at the heart of our curriculum and provision in school. We use the pupil premium funding to support children in these three areas;
- The school offers nurture provision by a skilled Teaching Assistant who has been trained through the Nurture Network and is also trained to deliver theraplay for vulnerable children.
- The school has a designated area for nurture sessions, our Rainbow Room and Rainbow Den which are both well resourced and widely used by children. The Rainbow Room is open all day for any child who wishes to make use of this resource as well as for timetabled activities.
- The school invests in a range of technology that allows children to access aspects of the curriculum effectively and away from direct teaching. Children develop their computing skills to ensure that they can be more independent in their learning.
- The school values partnerships highly and children work with children from Norwell C of E Primary as a part of the Kite Primary Federation. This allows children to widen their learning experience and understanding of how to develop effective relationships with others. The school provides funding towards transport between the two sites and a range of activities such as theatre workshops and science workshops as well as many sporting activities.
- Our curriculum is enriched by visits off site, specialists working with staff in school and advice from external agencies. Resources are purchased in line with this work.
The school uses a comprehensive tracking system that informs staff around attainment and progress of each child. This information is used to adjust the curriculum focus and to plan personalised curriculums when necessary. All children have an attainment target and progress against this target is our measure of how well children are reaching their full potential.
Children receiving nurture provision are assessed using the Boxall Profile in order to identify key areas for development. Children are assessed following the nurture programme to measure impact.
As a small school, we do not publish pupil outcomes in terms of percentages to avoid individual children being identified. Children in receipt of pupil premium represent the range of attainment and progress seen across the school.
Academic Year 2016/17
We anticipate a similar level of funding for this academic year.
Our priorities remain the same and the funding will be used to continue the nurture provision and CPD, the partnership working and the purchasing of resources.
Children will be having a broad range of experiences which this year will include coaching sessions for singing and photography tuition. Funding will also be used to establish a mentoring system for some of our vulnerable children.