Early Years Pupil Premium
Early Years Pupil Premium is extra funding to support children’s learning, development and care. It is paid for those pupils who would qualify for free school meals at a rate of 300.00 per child.
There are currently (2020-21) 36 children in receipt of Early Years Pupil Premium.
Our school has received 10,800.00 in the academic year 2020-2021
Barriers to Academic Achievement
Many of our children come in to Nursery with poorly developed speech, language and communication skills. High deprivation can impact on children’s personal, social and emotional development and children’s dispositions for learning are not yet fully established. Children come in to our 2 year olds provision and nursery working below age related expectations.
How is the additional funding used?
The additional funding is used to improve the quality of early years education for the children who are eligible. The funding allows us to fund a member of staff to work with our eligible children with specialised support programmes such as Talk boost which is a programme to support language development. It also allows us to provide a small nurture group and it allows us to maintain high adult-child staffing ratios across school.
The funding has also been used to improve the quality of home education, purchasing home-learning packs for families during lockdown. The funding also allows us to fund a member of staff to work supporting families sharing home-learning videos and activity ideas.
April to June 2020
During this period school was open daily for vulnerable and key worker children. All of the vulnerable children were able to access daily teaching in very small groups with work planned to meet their individual needs alongside communication and language interventions.
June to July 2020
During this period school was fully open to all children. The interventions for EYPP children continued. These included 1 to 1 interventions, small group language work and planned work to support their social and emotional development during those difficult times.
EYPP Strategy September 2020 to July 2021
EYPP children are offered additional sessions wherever possible in order to enhance attainment. Staff have collected and dropped off key children and offered a flexible timetable in order to ensure that the opportunities for EYPP children to attend school are maximised.
One to one support
A number of EYPP children receive one to one support with clearly identified assess, plan, do, review targets in place. They have individual work baskets and small group circle times with high level support.
Small group support
Some EYPP children work in language and nurture groups in order to enhance their learning. They have a group programme and are then integrated into larger groups for continuous provision. Intervention groups enable children’s progress to accelerate.
We invite visitors to school to enhance children’s experiences and learning. Children go on walks into the local community like the park or the local Post Office. They also use the forest in a local Primary School.
Additional Support is provided for children in specific disadvantaged circumstances. The funding allows us the flexibility to provide additional sessions, offer lunches, collect and take children home and in some cases offer children an all-day place in nursery.
Some of the funding in used to purchase motivating resources for the children eg quality maths resources which promote maths development or specific resources for individual children.
Children’s personal, social and emotional development in key to academic success. More than ever children need to feel safe, secure and have a sense of belonging. Opportunities for one to one work for children who are disadvantaged are in place with activity specific to individual children. Additional support enables them to transition to becoming confident learners.