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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Grant – School Strategy 2021-2023

Detail Data

School name: Simon Marks Jewish Primary School

Number of pupils in school: 115

Proportion (%) of Pupil Premium eligible pupils: 33%

Academic year/years that our current Pupil Premium strategy plan covers

(3 year plans are recommended)

2020 – 2023

Date this statement was published September 2021

Date on which it will be reviewed September 2022

Funding overview

Simon Mark’s pupil premium for this academic year is: £40,716

There is no pupil premium carry over from last academic year.

Statement of Intent

We recognise that the Covid 19 pandemic and following lockdowns have affected our entire school community in a way in which no amount of funding will ease the pain and suffering that some of our families have experienced. However with every penny spent we will take into consideration the mental health and emotional wellbeing of all our children as well as addressing their academic needs. All our work is aimed and carried out within our Jewish school ethos and values.   · We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our pupils, both academically and emotionally   · We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed   · We are committed to provide opportunities for personalised learning and accelerating progress for all pupils and in particular vulnerable pupils and those adversely affected by the current climate   · In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged    · We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. Therefor we reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged    · Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources mean that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time   · All our work funded through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to at least age-related expectations and ensuring access to a rich, broad and balanced curriculum and taking into consideration their emotional well being   · Pupil Premium resources may also be used to target able children receiving the pupil premium grant to achieve end of year expectations, particularly at the end of key stages, thus further supporting their transition to the next phase in their education  

Our school challenges 2021

Many disadvantaged pupils at our school start their education at a lower level of achievement in reading, writing, mathematics and oracy than other pupils. They have had less exposure to a wide vocabulary and less experience of number and familiarity with reading. Pupils often lack metacognitive approaches. Poor memory skills and the inability to transfer knowledge to long term memory can impact pupil progress and attainment.   Two consecutive lockdowns have impacted not only our PPG pupils but all children. We are seeing that lack of activity and experiences have further limited vocabulary development (we are observing children struggling with finding vocabulary and imaginative skills), mathematical recall strategies (forgetting how to engage their brains in basic calculations), and most of all pupils fine and gross motor coordination skills, (we are observing children falling over their own feet, unable to climb stairs, and many more episodes of children falling in the playground).     Due to a lower exposure to a wide vocabulary at home many of our pupils in receipt of PPG find reading comprehension challenging and perform less well than their peers. More so since lockdowns.   The impact of COVID 19 and loss of direct teaching has had a significant impact on the academic attainment of pupils across school, particularly at higher standard.     Many of our disadvantaged pupils live in cramped, busy households which limits their access to materials and experiences supportive of educational success. This affects pupil confidence and knowledge of the key basic skills such as times tables and spelling development.   Some of the parents of our disadvantaged pupils lack the confidence to support their children with learning at home.     Some of our pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant have low self-confidence and difficulty in regulating their emotions which acts as a barrier to their educational success.   Some of our most able disadvantaged pupils do not have aspirational home backgrounds. Some of our disadvantaged pupils have limited opportunities     Most of our vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils have limited access to online/remote learning opportunities and even when we provide a device and internet access the cost of affordable energy to run those devices is a huge issue for already impoverished families  

Intended school outcomes

  -To ensure that disadvantaged pupils achieve at least as well as all pupils nationally in the phonics check, times table check, at the end of KS1 in reading, writing and mathematics and by the end of KS2 in reading, writing, mathematics and GSP. -To ensure that disadvantaged pupils in EYFS close the gap between baseline and the end of their Reception year. -To increase the number of disadvantaged pupils who achieve at a greater depth at the end of KS1 and KS2 across reading, writing, mathematics. -To ensure the attendance of pupils in receipt of PPG is above 96%. -To address the gap in cultural capital through enrichment experiences to enable structured opportunities to develop knowledge, language, and communication.  

Activities in this academic year to meet our intentions and associated costs

ActivityChallenge numberAssociated costs
Training to support Quality First Teaching across the school to support all groups of children but particularly those disadvantaged, SEN and More AbleStaff need a deeper understanding of metacognition and retention abilities of the brain- they need to understand that whilst emotions are rife there is limited apace for new information or recall (challenge no 1)  5 x training session @ £125 per hour = £625
Set up and run lunch time ‘talk tables’ , firstly to support emotional wellbeing then to move onto ‘subjects of interest’ in order to develop pupils vocabulary- ppg groups sent to tables daily.  Real need for these children to get talking and to develop their imagination and creative thinking (challenge nos 2 ,3 and 7)5 x 1 hour x39 weeks @ £22 per hour = £4,290
Teaching Assistant training to enable targeted interventions within the classroom to ensure effective challenge from starting points and the lowest 20% catch up quickly  Need to ensure they support staff are clear in their roles for working with this vulnerable group of pupils of all age groups (challenge 1,2,3,4,5,7 and 8)6 staff @£15 per hour x 39 sessions = £3,310
Home reading books and topic book resources are regularly replenished to ensure pupil access to high quality texts is consistent to ensure breadth of reading opportunity  Book audit and appropriate books purchased so that books going home are accessible to vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils ( all challenges)£3,000 for new books as needed
DHT small group support, booster classes for identified pupils that are struggling      Targeted support to enable recovery curriculum and narrowing of gaps Challenges 1,2 3,4,5,7,8)5 x 1 hr x 39 weeks @ £40 per hour = £7,800
Middle leader release time to support staff with fine and gross motor skill training-On the job support across the school during play, lunch and PE sessions£6,000 over the year  
Learning mentor supporting for vulnerable children across EYFS, KS1 and KS2  Targeted pupil interventions both 1:1 and in class group support Challenges 1,2 3,4,5,7,8)  £19,000
Enrichment opportunities for PPG pupils    Visits to local and wider field trip opportunities (Cinema, country park, Seaside- Covid permitting) Challenges 1,2 3,4,5,7,8)  £2,000
1:1/ group  support for parents as identified  Either through adults in school or outside agencies and signposting (challenge 6 and 9)£2,000

Total speend:

£48,024 (£7,308 over allocated grant)