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:
- 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
- are aware of the current levels of performance of all children in each class, including disadvantaged children and allocate resources according to individual need
- focus on effective teaching and learning through individual and personalised learning programmes incorporating both academic progress and social development
- provide additional targeted support across the curriculum and school day as required
- incorporate a focus on ‘learning to learn’ skills as well as basic literacy, maths, personal and social skills
- provide additional support to enable all children to access the full range of school activities, including school trips and residential
- expect good attendance
Areas of expenditure and support:
- Quality teaching for all- focus on phonics and remote learning during the current strategy
- Enhanced staffing levels across the school
- Additional teaching and learning support – extra special school assistants (SSA’s)
- Additional support during play and lunch times
- Additional senior Speech and Language therapist for one day per week
- Subsidised residential or residential alternative (due to the covid pandemic) for Year 6 pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding
- Before school breakfast club sessions for pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding based on the main site (when we are able to resume. Currently running in school time across all sites for all pupils who require it).
- After school sessions for identified pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding (when we are able to resume)
- Lunchtime clubs for pupils
- Intervention Groups for identified pupils
- ELSA support for identifies pupils
- Off site visits/bought in experiences 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’
- Attendance officer support
- Free uniform for pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding
This year, Springwell's Pupil Premium strategy will run from January to July and will be reviewed in the autumn term 2021.