The money is allocated to pupils who are eligible for free school meals or have been ‘looked after’. The aim of pupil premium is to raise achievement and improve outcomes for pupils.
As a special school we felt that this funding was most appropriately used by focusing on enabling pupils to access opportunities beyond their normal experiences, develop their independence and promote their self esteem.
The impact on a family living with a child with complex needs is well documented so by employing a Parent Support Advisor (PSA) with expertise families have been able to access a wide range of support which in turn impacts on the child’s well being.
As a school we have focused our premium on extending:
- Parental participation
- Access to holiday playschemes
- Access to after School Clubs
- Access to residential Trips
- Specialist training for parents/carers at school by school staff
- 1:1 Support for families providing advice, modelling of strategies, sleep counselling and behaviour support
- Additional Midday Assistants to support play development
- Additional class based staff support to support personal social and academic outcomes.
The money is allocated to support pupils who are eligible for free school meals or are ‘looked after’. The aim of pupil premium is to raise achievement and improve outcomes for pupils.
In our context as a special school where the barriers to pupils’ learning are much more complex and profound than socio-economic factors, we felt that this funding was most appropriately used by focusing on enabling pupils to access opportunities beyond their normal experiences, developing their independence and promoting their self esteem.
The significant impact on a family living with a child with complex needs is well documented so by employing Parent Support Advisors (PSA) with expertise families have been able to access a wide range of support which in turn impacts on the child’s wellbeing and outcomes.
As a school we have focused our premium on facilitating and extending:
The aim of this support is to develop and extend pupils’ self esteem and confidence as well as giving opportunities to develop social and leisure skills in a structured specialist environment. We know through parent meetings, questionnaires and pupil meetings that many of our families struggle to understand their child’s needs and how to support them and are unable to access mainstream extended schools provision.
The support offered to individual families by the Parent Support Advisor has meant that families are more aware of services that they can access, feel supported when managing stressful situations, and have developed a positive and trusting relationship with a key member of staff.
The development and extension of our parent workshops and meetings has impacted significantly on parents confidence in managing their child’s complex needs, given opportunities for socialising with other parents and sharing ideas. There has been a wide range of services including feeding support, understanding autism and early years reading support.
In a recent parental questionnaire the following comments were made about what we do well:
‘The Parent Support Advisor has been absolutely instrumental to myself as a mother dealing with my son, she has helped me to help him achieve his goals; happy and comfortable lifestyle.’
‘Liaise and work well with parents, lets us know areas we can work on and what as a parent we can do to help our child – so helpful’
‘Helping parents on a day to day basis, such as parent support meetings’
‘After school clubs and playschemes are great and structured well’
‘Gives hope to parents’
‘Parent support and advice’
Pupil Premium Spent on the following
Parent Support Advisor salary (approx 75%)
Playscheme Subsidy for children with FSM
After School Clubs Subsidy for children with FSM entitlement
School Trips Subsidy for children with FSM entitlement
Support Groups and Training for parents with FSM entitlement
no cost as delivered against parent support advisor
Midday Assistants from September 2013 (approx. 36%)
Additional Support for enrichment sessions
Additional staff support (approx. 36%)