All our work funded by the Pupil Premium is aimed at accelerating progress so that the vast majority of children leave Dedham C of E Primary at, or above, the national average. We also aim for every child to make progress that is good or better from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2.
Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following annual needs analyses which will identify priority pupils and groups. The following factors will be taken into consideration:
- ‘Children Looked After’ for a period of six months or more.
- Children from low-income families who are currently eligible for free school meals.
- Children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
- Children from families who work in the Armed Forces.
- Children with English as an additional language.
- Children who are performing below age related expectations.
- Children who are falling behind their expected targets (based on KS1 results)
Use of Pupil Premium Funding
A full breakdown of spending can be found on in our Pupil Premium Strategy which can be downloaded using the link at the top of this page.
Focused Learning: Funding is used to enable us to run ‘Focused Learning’ sessions 1 morning a week in each KS2 class. High quality resources have been purchased to allow all children to work on their comprehension, grammar, spelling and mental arithmetic skills at a level appropriate to their ability whilst the class teacher and Pupil Premium Teaching Assistant take groups of children to work on specific objectives that need development. Funding is also used to run ‘Focused Learning’ sessions after school. These sessions take place on Thursdays and are run by the children’s own class teacher. Groups of up to 10 children are invited to attend sessions on a specific objective in either maths or English for half a term. Progress against the targeted objective (including the children’s confidence) is recorded for all Focused Learning groups to evaluate the impact of this support.
Reading & Maths Interventions: 1 to 1 support in both reading and maths. These short sessions take place daily with a trained teaching assistant or teacher. Pupils are assessed to obtain a reading or number age before their support began and these assessments repeated at specific stages through the intervention.
Speech & Language Support: Children who join the school with lower than expected communication skills are given short daily sessions with a trained HLTA to improve their speech and language.
ICT resources: Following a successful trial in year 6, the number of tablet devices has been increased and they are organised in class sets to allow pupils to increase their fluency and confidence in core skills, such as times tables, spelling, phonics and grammar terminology.
Homework Club: We provide a weekly homework club where pupils have access to ICT facilities and adult support to enable them to complete their homework.
Financial Support: When necessary we use the funding to support families with the cost of activities that broaden the curriculum, e.g. school trips and residential visits.
Play therapy & Lego therapy: Specialist sessions that are provided for specific children to support social and emotional development.
Ways in which we monitor the impact of our support systems, together with our most recent KS2 outcomes for Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium can also be found in our Pupil Premium Strategy.