Park Junior School Diminishing the Difference Strategy
2019 to 2020
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium (PP) funding as they see fit but are required to publish this information online.
At Park Junior School, we want our most vulnerable children to have the same opportunities as their peers. Therefore, the funding that we receive from the Government is used to remove some of their barriers to learning so, regardless of the challenges they encounter, they are able to achieve their full potential.
Total Grant: £95,000
What are our children’s barriers?
Some of our most vulnerable children experience difficulties in reaching the Expected Standard (EXS) in Reading, Writing and Maths by the end of the Key Stage and so require extra support. Some of our families struggle to fund the wide range of experiences that we have to offer our children e.g. school educational visits, residential trips, peripatetic activities (Music tuition) and so need financial assistance in order for their children to take part. In addition to this, we understand that the partnership between ourselves and our parents is key to the success of our children and so we also target our resources towards supporting and developing this too. If our children are to be successful they need there to be a strong bond between life at home and at school so that we are all driving for the same things.
What are our priorities?
Our aim is to remove barriers to learning that will prevent our children from reaching their full potential. Therefore, our key priorities are to provide:
Additional adult support within the classroom (especially for Maths and English) but also beyond the core subjects to enable all our children to access a broad and balanced curriculum) so that they make, at least, expected progress.
Extra, targeted interventions, for children where a need has been identified in order to accelerate their progress thus closing the gap between their attainment and their peers.
Disadvantaged Children with emotional support so that they are ready to learn in school. Support to be provided by key members of school staff.
Purposeful opportunities to build relationships with parents/carers so that we have a shared vision of how to best meet the needs of our children both academically and emotionally.
Funding to ensure that Disadvantaged Children are able to take part in all educational trips (including residential ones) and extra-curricular activities that carry a cost e.g. musical instrument tuition, Fizz Pop Science.
To have a strong relationship with our local infant school so that the children have a smooth transition from year 2 to year 3.
How do we spend the funding?
To fund additional teaching partners in the classroom, ensuring that all classes have extra adult support for Maths and English for the vast majority of the week.
Funding allows teaching partners to work in some classes across the school day, so that additional support can be provided across the curriculum, enabling the children to have a broad and balanced learning experience throughout the school day. Children are supported and so apply their English skills across the curriculum.
Staff training and the costs associated with that to ensure High Quality Teaching throughout the school.
The provision of targeted interventions in writing and reading.
To fund a trained adult to work with Disadvantaged Children (in school), who need an emotional intervention, on a 1:1 or small group basis, to support their well-being and to enable them to be ready to learn.
The employment of an ELSA ( Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) and a FSW (Family Support Workers) to support the emotional need of children and their families (both within school and at home).
To make a financial contribution towards educational visits, residential trips, music tuition and other clubs which carry a fee to ensure that all children have the opportunity to have these experiences.
To buy additional resources to support High Quality Teaching and interventions.
To fund non-contact time for teachers so they can meet parents to undertake structured conversations.
What will be the impact?
Disadvantaged Children will make accelerated progress in maths, reading and writing and the difference between their attainment and that of the other children will be diminished.
Disadvantaged Children are able to apply their English skills across a broad curriculum and develop a love of learning, raising their self-esteem and so enabling them to make a positive contribution to society in the future.
Key Disadvantaged Children will make accelerated progress in reading and writing and diminish the difference between themselves and that of other children.
Children will be ready to learn as barriers to learning will be removed or diminished.
Disadvantaged Children will be able to take part in trips and the year 6 residential, regardless of the cost. They will also be able to partake in additional enrichment activities even if they carry a fee.
Children choosing to read for pleasure and have the resources to enable them to do that.
Parents are actively involved in their child’s education.