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Mapledown School

Mapledown School

Pupil ​​​​​​​premium


Pupil Premium Subject Leader Form - Spring 2017

The school will receive £21,505 for the year 2017-18 although we expect this sum to rise at the mid -point of the year when increases to our Free School Meals numbers are factored in. These funds are to be targeted at pupils who receive FSM with an emphasis on improving outcomes in Literacy and Numeracy. Our data analysis from 2016/2017 shows that our pupils on FSM do slightly better than others in the school. This is pretty much the opposite of what is expected nationally and points to other factors (ie complex learning disabilities) as the principle barriers to learning at Mapledown. This has been the picture at Mapledown ever since we were asked to prepare plans and evaluate the impact of our annual Pupil Premium spend. Nevertheless, we have drawn up plans to focus and deploy staff, increase staff training and resource purchasing so that we boost outcomes for pupils and demonstrate clears lines of accountability for this spend.

School Improvement Priorities 2017-18  

  • Employ a Family Support Worker to provide advice to individual families. (£5k)

  • Purchase release time and training for key members of staff so that we can support pupils use of Sensory Integration, PECS, Makaton, Intensive Interaction and SCERTS. (£10k)

  • To run support workshops for parents throughout the year which will provide knowledge and skills to parents that complements the work of the school and supports learning (£3k)

  • Various resources to support learning in Literacy & Numeracy. e.g. Books, Equipment, Software (£5k)

End of term review (Summer 2017)

  • We have continued to employ Sharon St Louis who attends school each Wednesday morning and provides practical support and advice to any parent that asks on a wide range of matters. e.g. Benefits advice, dealing with Short Breaks or allocated Social Workers, finding respite, grant applications for SEN kids, etc

  • We have sent new and key staff on a range of training courses regarding SCERTS, PECS, Makaton, Working with MSI, etc

  • We have continued to run Parent Workshops on key topics to support learning at home.

  • Resources have been purchased as described.

  • Analysis of our benchmarked P Scale data (via CASPA for 2016-17) does not show any significant statistical variation for pupils with FSM (they do slightly better)

End of term review (Autumn 2017)

  • Ongoing – Sharon St Louis is proving to be popular and effective in supporting families with practical matters. This has helped keep numerous families remain settled and thereby given direct support to vulnerable and challenging youngsters.

  • Ongoing support for staff skills across the school has impacted on our ability to effectively support an increasing complex school pupil demographic.

  • Ongoing – we run a minimum of two parent workshops per term.

  • Money has been spent as described.

  • No change – our next set of data on pupil outcomes is due in July 2018.

Lead: Steve Carroll with Suzi Ainsworth (Maths Subject Leader), Michelle Rust & Sue Hart (English & Literacy Subject Leader) and David Aarons (e-Learning Subject Leader)