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Folkestone Academy Primary Pupil Premium Funding

Primary Pupil Premium Funding

At Folkestone Primary Academy, we ensure that we organise high quality teaching and learning in order to best meet the individual needs of all children through whole class learning.

  • Our whole school teaching programmes of study are built around best practice techniques and strategies that aid and assist progress for Disadvantaged pupils such as daily 1:1 reading, the use of Makaton in Phonics, individual high frequency word spellings and weekly dictations.
  • We ensure that any child who has been identified as vulnerable has their needs accurately assessed and identified for targeted intervention.
  • We initially do this through additional support in reading, writing and maths.

Disadvantaged Pupil resources are also used to target higher achieving children to ensure that they make at least good progress and are attaining at the highest levels. Funding is used to support children’s behavioural and emotional needs to help ensure that their readiness for learning is high, therefore promoting their engagement with learning and progress across the curriculum.

Focused intervention for these children will be available through the additional staffing and associated learning resources. Focused intervention will be inclusive of children receiving the Disadvantaged Pupil grant and may also be inclusive for other children in the school, including those on the register of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Each intervention will be inclusive of children receiving the Disadvantaged Pupil grant.

Provision

The range of provision is based on research and identified best practice, including findings from the Sutton Trust research which looked in the most effective strategies to help close the gap in Disadvantaged children’s attainment. We also work closely with other schools to share approaches and measure impact.

Provision includes a range of academic and pastoral interventions and strategies. Of course many of the pastoral interventions will impact positively on readiness for learning, engagement in learning, and children’s achievement and attainment.

Provision includes:

  • An extra teacher per year group, enabling classes of 20 for all children in Years R – 6, leading to improved pastoral care and Assessment for Learning opportunities (evidenced in Pupil Surveys)
  • ‘Accelerated Learning’ Groups in all year groups utilising the middle classroom. This enable a targeted group to be taught by a lead teacher and supported by Teaching Assistants in order to accelerate progress of children not working at their age appropriate level.
  • Smaller groups for Year 6 maths (smaller groups of 1:5 or 1:10)
  • Multi-sensory approach to the delivery of phonics via the use of British Sign Language and Makaton
  • Reading Plus (online reading intervention) for all children in Years 4, 5 and 6 during school and also able to be accessed at home
  • Full-time SENDCo and Family Liaison Officer to provide targeted support and monitoring within school but also access to outside agencies for individual pupil support and also family and wider community support
  • Leadership– close tracking and monitoring of children’s progress to ensure prompt identification of potential under-achievement and early intervention strategies
  • 1:1 tutoring after school for pupil premium pupils in years 5 and 6 – provided by members of SLT, the teaching and Teaching Assistant team and also 6th form students from our 6th form centre (6th formers engaged through a rigorous recruitment process).
  • Staff who are skilled in metacognitive strategies (Building Learning Power)
  • 1-1 support where needed
  • Music instrument lessons
  • A counsellor in school one and a half days per week
  • Initiatives to improve attendance, including free or discounted breakfast club places – tracked termly for impact
  • Sensory Circuits club running before school 3 days a week
  • Lego Therapy for identified children
  • Free or discounted after school and holiday club provision (including Twilight Club and a variety of sports)
  • Discounted trips and morning snack
  • Free extra-curricular opportunities, including arts and crafts, sporting and academic (M&M Theatre Productions)

Provision is reviewed and amended throughout the year depending on the identified needs of the children at the time.

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