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Abbotskerswell Primary School

Slade Lane,  Abbotskerswell, Newton Abbot,  Devon,  TQ12 5NS


(01626) 353605


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Pupil Premium

'The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.


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Pupil Premium Allocation At Our School

12 pupils (11%) were eligible for free school meals in the 2016/17 academic year.


The school received a grant of £15840.


These pupils made similar rates of progress to others in their learning of Maths, Writing and Reading across the year. Some made rapid progress, especially with their Writing and Reading. Their attendance was much better than their peers nationally. Significant progress was obvious in emotional, behavioural and social development. This is a happy group of pupils who engage well with school life and learning.


Pupil Premium Summary Strategy for 2017-2018


The estimated grant is £17160.


The main barriers to pupils making progress this year are mainly related to self-esteem and confidence. In addition there are some challenging individual needs.


A part of the grant will be used to fund action research with other schools to help assign mathematical confidence to some pupils. Their confidence and strategies with Maths will be tracked and judged using pupil interviews as well as using the school tracking systems.


A very experienced school counsellor will be employed to help some pupils overcome anxiety and to develop their self-esteem. Conversations with parents, the pupils and staff will help assess the success of this work.


Money will be spent on an Educational Psychologist to work with the SENCO to help identify barriers and next steps.


A qualified and experienced Teaching Assistant is allocated two afternoons each week to work on programmes that improve emotional resilience: Emotional Literacy, Thrive, CBT and Lego Therapy will all be used as per each pupil’s needs. Pupils’ progress with these interventions is measured at the start and end using a sliding scale to understand their emotions.


Money is allocated to funding participation in clubs, both in term and holiday time, as a means of developing self-esteem and increasing capacity for families.


These pupils are targeted for intervention, monitored and reviewed half termly on teachers’ provision maps. They are also tracked and monitored centrally by the Headteacher.


A staff and governor appointed champion have roles to challenge the Headteacher to ensure these pupils have a successful year.


A review of this strategy takes place half termly and is reported to governors. An annual review of impact is published on the website.