Stalyhill Infant School Pupil Premium Strategy. What we do;
We use a multi-strand approach, identified below. The approaches we have implemented are all drawn from current educational research, such as the Sutton Trust and EEF, and their impact is carefully tracked and monitored within school. (See Pupil Premium Impact Statement 2016/17 and Pupil Premium Intended Spend 2017 / 2018 below)
1. Create a culture;
Our staff take responsibility for the learning and progress of all children and know who our E6 and vulnerable pupils are. There are no excuses for underperformance and the language of ‘learning’ is used right across school and, through meta-cognitive strategies such as ‘Building Learning Power’, children are taught to be learners from when they enter in Reception.
2. Continually strive to improve day to day teaching;
The continual development of ‘Quality First Teaching’, Feedback for Learning’ and the inclusion of meta-cognitive strategies in lessons have ensured that teaching and learning continues to improve.
3. Improve the effectiveness of interventions and deploy skilled staff;
We continually evaluate, through rigorous data tracking, the effectiveness of the interventions we offer. We train our support staff and teachers to deliver the highest quality interventions that reap the greatest benefits for our children in terms of maximising their progress. We invest heavily in staff development to ensure that all children including E6 are being taught by skilled professionals. Support staff timetables are fluid, based on need, and interventions are evaluated every term so that alterations can be made. All staff are held accountable for the progress of the pupils they have taught.
4. Increase the opportunities for experiential learning
Improvements to continuous provision for the Early Years and the outdoor environment, the development of Forest School, enhancement of home learning opportunities and the subsidisation of trips and visits all count towards the increased engagement of our E6 pupils.
5. Provide stretch and challenge
As it is not always the case that E6 pupils are the lowest attaining, we have put in place a range of tailored interventions and opportunities to provide stretch and challenge for those more able E6 children. These opportunities include our Lead Learner programme (also used to raise aspiration), mastery learning, and new for 2017 18 academic year, a specialist Maths group and a critical thinkers group.