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Pupil Premium Strategy

The pupil premium is grant funding and is in addition to the school’s fees. It is allocated to children from low-income families and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. Pupil premium funding is used to raise attainment, promote social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour in order to increase student progress.

The Government believes that the pupil premium is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students that need it most.

In most cases the pupil premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for the school to decide how it is spent. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support students from low-income families.

At Ingfield Manor, we make every effort to ensure that disadvantaged students receive outstanding support and believe that our core business is to ensure all our students make outstanding progress. Therefore, pupil premium is used to maintain and enhance existing provision by:

  • Maintaining a whole school ethos of attainment for all
    • All students are considered as individuals and never as a group – additional staff time is allocated for planning / staffing ratios are high
    • school culture is that of success with barriers to learning reduced or removed – enhanced differentiation (planning reflects individual’s needs)
  • Managing student behaviour and attendance
    • ensuring that all students can communicate their wishes and that staff have the training to support and promote this – initial induction and annual training in relation to communication and AAC
    • robust systems in place for home school contact, monitored by tutors daily
  • Creating an individual curriculum, based on student need
    • Ensuring high quality teaching – robust quality assurance (termly observations, learning walks and work scrutiny)
    • Teacher works with assigned team members to ensure all support is individualised and meets personal need
  • Ensuring that all staff are trained and deployed effectively
    • Thorough induction programme
    • Tailored INSET for individual staff development – impact of which is measured against student progress
      External courses as required to meet students’ needs
  • Writing own assessment programme and using that to identify specific student progress.
    • Termly student progress meetings – include setting of specific individual strategies to address under performance
    • Consistent praise & reward system to recognise student achievement

In deciding how to spend the PPG in any year the school takes into account:
• the analysis and needs of individuals in respect of their holistic development;
• the wishes of the parents and carers;
• meeting the day-to-day needs of each learner within the context of the whole school,
• including interventions where there is clear evidence of impact;
• the deployment of a skilled workforce
• the expectations of the Governors in providing best value for the spending of public money
• careful monitoring of impact of PPG on its recipients.

Pupil Premium Funding

The pupil premium allocation for 2018/19 was £15,620 for West Sussex and Surrey students. In addition to the above, we used this to purchase:
• Head Active Equipment
• Sensory Resources, including sensory boards
• Mind Express
• Conductive Education furniture
• Access equipment and software

We also used the funds to secure the services of a behavioural psychologist, as well as provide training to staff so they have the skills and knowledge to support the student’s communication and physical development, as well as medical needs.

The pupil premium allocation for 2019/20 is £9,240 for West Sussex students and we will be using this to continue to provide the high level of support to all students, as well as staff training to ensure all staff are able to continue to develop their skills and knowledge to provide outstanding support for communication, physical and independence skills.

Our key priority for 2019/20 is to revise our assessment system to ensure that all students make holistic progress and intervention programmes are put in place if needed.

In addition, we have already/will be purchasing:
• Screens to support focus in lessons
• Interactive IT
• Access equipment and software
• Sensory boxes
• Eating and drinking equipment

Impact

Historically there has not been a significant gap in achievement for students on FSM (free school meals) or CLA children (children looked after) at Ingfield Manor School. We are proud of the achievement of all students at Ingfield Manor School, including those who are eligible for pupil premium.

We regularly assess and analyse student progress. We use the Ingfield Holistic Assessment System to determine whether our students are making better than expected progress, expected progress or less than expected progress within an academic year.

Year 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Total Number on Roll 57 55 54
Total Number on FSM 15 13 7
Total Number CLA 2 3 3