At woodlands Academy of Learning approximately 26% of our children are entitled to Free School Meals.
The government provides additional funding to schools to support such children with the Pupil Premium Grant. This equates to around £600 per eligible pupil.
In the academic year of 2012 to 2013 the academy was allocated a PPG of £66,661
How PPG is spent:
Support for Learning and Progress:
- Extra support in all years from Reception to Y6 is provided in the form of additional time for Teaching Assistants. Strategies are implemented such as 1 to 1 tuition and small target groups.
- The Academy employs a Parent Support Advisor to develop and strengthen home-school partnerships.
- The Academy employs two Learning Mentors who provide social and emotional support to our children, strengthening their resilience and well-being, thus securing their readiness to learn.
- All staff were trained in Circle Time which promotes team skills and supports the development of relationships and problem solving for our children, this is now implemented across the Academy.
- All children who receive the PPG receive toast and a drink on a daily basis during snack time.
- An area has been created within the KS2 playground, with seating, garden area and shade to provide a quiet space for children to reflect and develop relationships through conversation.
Support for Curriculum and Enrichment:
- Woodlands has a rich and varied curriculum, supported by regular off-site visits and on-site visitors and specialists. Governors have authorised the subsidy of some of our curriculum enrichment experiences, such visitors during our Explore and Discovery weeks. Funding is allocated from the PPG to support the inclusion of all children, to subside trips and experiences for disadvantaged children as required.
- Governors have also authorised a significant proportion of the PPG to be spent on new reading resources, including a wide range of books to support our children with special Educational Needs, our children who are reluctant readers and children who are reading at their expected reading age.
- Training has been provided for all support staff in a reading initiative called Better Reading Partnerships (BRP). This involves support staff working one to one with individual children three times a week to boost their reading age for a period of ten weeks.
- A language intervention group is run weekly to support identified children across the Academy in the development of their communication skills.
- A proportion of the funding is allocated for daily one to one intervention sessions to aid the development of phonic skills for our children in KS1.
Measuring the Impact:
- The Academy tracks the progress of all children, and pays particular attention to our most vulnerable children.
- The impact of each intervention strategy is measured through tracking progress of each child. For instance, the BRP programme involves establishing the reading age of each child at the beginning of the programme, and then re-calculating the reading age at the end of the programme.
- The Academy also employs an external consultant on a termly basis, in order to support the Academy in measuring progress for our children who receive the PPG. The outcomes of such monitoring are then built into the school development plan.
- The Academy intends to continue to monitor the impact of the allocation of its resources, including PPG, to ensure all the children make excellent progress and have -the best opportunities at Woodlands Academy of Learning.
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