At Southway Primary School, we believe in ‘The Best in Everyone’. Our Southway Seven is at the heart of everything we do, and it is fully embedded in our rich, diverse and creative curriculum. We recognise that, in order to provide high quality education to all our children, additional interventions and provisions are required for recipients of Pupil Premium funding.
Reading is a priority for improvement across the school this year and we have implemented a new structure for teaching it.
Other areas of focus include ‘diminishing the difference’ across our vulnerable groups, including Pupil Premium and SEND.
- Pupils’ progress is tracked regularly to monitor those in small intervention groups, and the A2E add-on to Classroom Monitor will assist in recording smaller-step attainment targets for lower achieving pupils.
- Personalised groups are also in place for higher-achieving Pupil Premium children, to help them reach their potential, be it ARE or above.
Allocating Learning Mentors to support individual children, and the effective use of Accelerated Reader and Lexia, are examples of how we aim to ensure that our Pupil Premium children meet and, where possible, exceed the attainment level of those who are not funded in the same manner.
Attendance remains an area for further improvement as a small proportion of Pupil Premium children are persistent absentees. The Family Link Worker will offer visits and the school’s Education Welfare Officer works to support these families.
Lastly, where some of our Pupil Premium children find particular situations challenging and are unable to deal with them in a positive manner, the school’s counsellor, Learning Mentors and Pastoral Manager provide one-to-one or small group interventions, and lunchtime clubs to offer environments in which pupils can succeed academically as well as socially and emotionally.