If you think you may be eligible please complete the attached form and return it to the infant school office.
Overview of the school
The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. National Data published by the DfE, based on the 2014 January census, indicates that the national average for pupils receiving free school meals in state funded primary school is 17% compared with 15.1% at William Harding.
The provision of Pupil Premium is closely monitored by one of the Assistant Heads within the school who is responsible for liaising with those pupils who are eligible, as well as the staff, to ensure that Pupil Premium is closely monitored.
High Quality Teaching that involves challenge for all pupils
The quality of teaching and learning is of paramount importance and in order for those pupils who receive the Pupil Premium to achieve well, then the quality of teaching and learning has to be high. In this way, all pupils will benefit from a ‘Challenge for all’ approach. A significant amount of this year’s funding has been spent on INSET days that focus upon outstanding teaching and aim to create inspired learners.
Reduced set sizes to enable extra adult tuition time.
An extra teacher in Year 6 to reduce set sizes to around 23 pupils in English and Maths and an extra maths teacher in Year 5 to enable set sizes to be reduced in size.
Pastoral support to improve attainment by improving the social and emotional dimensions of learning.
Nurture groups ensure that targeted children are supported pastorally and the sessions focus upon improving attitudes to learning, social relationships in school and attainment. Sessions are delivered for two afternoons each week by highly trained TAs and the Nurture Room is overseen by a dedicated Pastoral Lead Assistant Head.
Blocks of one to one counselling sessions are offered to pupils on an individual needs basis. This provision aims to enable children to express their emotions, establish better family relationships and enable children to be supported appropriately within school.
Enrichment of the curriculum
Examples of enrichment can be seen through history workshops, school visitors, subsidised school trips and residential visits, a range of enrichment clubs at lunchtimes and after school offered at no charge. Music lessons are also subsidised for eligible pupils.
Meta-cognition and self-regulation skills
These skills are taught explicitly through next step marking, pupil response to feedback and marking, P4C lessons to encourage independent thinking and learning and use of Bloom’s Taxonomy to support higher-level questioning within lessons. PPG has been spent on INSET to support teachers in the implementation of these skills.
Targeted support to accelerate learning and increase attainment
Interventions delivered by Teaching Assistants (TAs) to provide focused support on a half-termly basis for those pupils where progress is below expectations. Interventions for each pupil are decided on an individual basis, informed by assessment and teacher knowledge of the child. Examples of the interventions delivered are Better Reading Partners, First Class@Number maths intervention programme, Springboard maths, Read, Write, Inc one to one tutoring, comprehension groups, Write from the start sessions and Rainbow Road.
Small group tuition sessions are also delivered by teachers on a weekly basis after school, with a current focus on Maths.
Extended school support
Facilities such as Breakfast Club, After School Club to support working parents by providing wrap-around care, and subsidised Holiday Club to support more vulnerable children throughout the holidays.
ICT access to support learning
Home Learning Club aims to provide extra support and ICT access to those pupils who are eligible for the PPG, as well as other children identified to need support by their class teacher. Education City is a whole-school online resource used to support the learning of Maths, English and Science.