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P.Premium/Disadvantaged Children


All pupils at Springwell School have complex learning difficulties and it is to be expected that they will be working outside their age related key stage as they progress through the school.


Springwell believes in the importance of meeting the individual needs of every child through day to day teaching by all staff working within the class team and beyond. The academic and social progress, of all children, is a result of quality teaching, high levels of support and provision matched to need. The additionality in terms of staffing, provision and resources over and above the day to day quality teaching enables disadvantaged children to further develop and succeed.


Funding is used to enhance staffing and provision across the school to provide quality teaching and support within a positive proactive learning environment. The objectives for this funding are to:

  • raise pupils’ attainment and achievement
  • develop their confidence and self-esteem whilst improving behaviour
  • enhance their social activities and experiences


Small classes with high staffing ratios of (on average) one teacher and three special school assistants, enable targeted and focused support to be given to every child.


To maximise pupils’ learning we:

  1. track the progress of individual children on an ongoing basis to identify any underachievement. Following a triangulation process, additional support and interventions are identified and agreed as appropriate
  2. are aware of the current levels of performance of all children in each class, including disadvantaged children and allocate resources according to individual need
  3. focus on effective teaching and learning through individual and personalised learning programmes incorporating both academic progress and social development
  4. provide additional targeted support across the curriculum and school day as required
  5. incorporate a focus on ‘learning to learn’ skills as well as basic literacy, maths, personal and social skills
  6. provide additional support to enable all children to access the full range of school activities, including school trips and residential
  7. expect good attendance

Areas of expenditure and support:

  • Quality teaching for all
  • Enhanced staffing levels across the school
  • Additional teaching and learning support – extra special school assistants (SSA’s)
  • Specialist SSA support for identified pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding
  • Additional support during play and lunch times
  • Additional senior Speech and Language therapist for one day per week
  • Subsidised two night residential for Year 6 pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding
  • Breakfast club sessions for pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding based on the main site
  • After school sessions for identified pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding
  • Springwell Parents And Carers Empowered (SPACE) support for identified pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding
  • Lunchtime clubs for pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding
  • Intervention Groups for identified pupils in receipt of PP funding
  • Music and Occupational Therapy combined in ‘Developmental Music Making’ sessions
  • Off site visits funded for pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding
  • An individual budget for each pupil in receipt of pupil premium funding for ‘Specialised Tailored Resources’
  • Visiting music specialists
  • Welfare support from our Welfare Team
  • Free uniform for pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding


Springwell's Pupil Premium strategy is monitored throughout the academic year and is reviewed between July and September each year. 


Pupils attending Pupil Premium/Disadvantaged Children supported sensory club (after school activity)