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Schools in England have been instructed to close from the 20th March 2020 until further notice. All children are currently expected to stay at home and we have communicated this with all parents/carers. Care can be provided if required, please contact the school via email if you require this admin@kingsmead.derby.sch.uk or when someone from school contacts you please let us know.

 

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The Kingsmead School and Newton’s Walk

 

Key Worker Information

In order to comply with the Government’s guidance with regard to shutting schools and providing places for key worker children, it is necessary for us to collect and manage data about these children and their parents/carers in a different way.

 

Our standard GDPR policy applies, and information found on our privacy notices relating to staff, parents and of course pupils will apply in all cases.

 

We will use the information that relates to key workers in order to ensure that those children who are entitled to a place at school whilst schools are officially closed are correctly processed, managed and safeguarded.

 

The Data Controller continues to take its obligations to data processing seriously and will ensure that appropriate safeguards and measures are in place.

Pupil Premium

What is it?

The pupil premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years, children that are in care or adopted and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

Why has it been introduced?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between disadvantaged children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium and the impact it is having.

How much funding has been allocated to Newton’s Walk?

For the financial year April 2018 to March 2019 our school has received £35,640. The percentage of our pupils known to be eligible for Pupil Premium at any one time is approximately 80%.  The average national primary school percentage is in the region of 25% but with between 30 and 40 pupils on role this percentage is very high.

For the financial year April 2019 to March 2020 the school will receive approximately £30,000 but we acknowledge that this will undoubtedly fluctuate due to our ever changing cohort.

Objectives for spending

To diminish the difference between pupil premium and non-pupil premium cohorts the funding aims to address the following:

  • Improve self-esteem and social interaction
  • Improve attendance
  • Improve engagement in learning
  • Enable parents to engage with the school via assisted attendance for reviews and events.
  • Improve progress in core subjects
  • Enhance the curriculum with visits, outings and adventurous learning

At Newton’s Walk our cohort fluctuates during the year and so it is hard to be precise about the % of pupils who attract pupil premium, however over the past 3 years between 70% and 80% of pupils have been entitled to free school meals at any point.

We work hard to improve the progress and attainment of all our students. The barriers to learning faced by our pupil premium students are the same barriers faced by the majority of our students and so we have taken a decision to treat all pupils as individuals and access their holistic needs whatever group they belong to. However we do consider the progress of all our groups and report specifically regarding pupil premium and non pupil premium and other significant groups. 

Staff have a very clear understanding of every pupil’s individual needs and they aim to support them effectively.  Our pupil premium has therefore been used to either expand existing initiatives or to fund new strategies. We have to keep this under review. If we were not making an impact in any area, we need to reconsider and re-focus the spending. 

 

Outline of spending and impact for financial year 2018 – 2019

Provision

Outcomes

Cost (April – to date)

EEF Toolkit (Sutton Trust)

Personalised Learning at The Island

A popular intervention to re-engage pupils new to Newton’s Walk who are struggling to engage in full-time learning.

 

4 pupils have attended The Island project over the year.  Overall all pupils engage positively and consistently score 4s or 5s on The Islands scoring system.  Pupils are very aware that there is close contact kept with the project enabling staff in school to build on this positive engagement.  All children are on full-time tables.  

£20,804.60

 

 

Individualised instruction

 

Learning styles

Arts Participation

Adventure learning

Post SATs outdoor education:

Climbing, abseiling, canoeing, pot holing, team building, grass sledging, orienteering.

6 week programme (1 day per week) including visit to the high peak.

Another successful year for this intervention with an extension for each class to have the opportunity to attend a 1 night residential at Lea Green in the Spring Term. Only 4 children did not (or could not) attend and the feedback has been positive. The school plans to trial another residential and also deliver the 1 day post SAT adventurous activities but this will be further evaluated when all 6 days have been completed.

£7,070.00

 

 

Outdoor adventure learning

 

Collaborative learning

Rural Pride Forest Schools

 

 Increase opportunities for outdoor learning to enrich the curriculum and explore kinaesthetic learning.

 

Increased engagement and enjoyment of school and an improvement of Boxall Scores allowing for better engagement in academic learning and resilience. 

All children have spent a term at Rural Pride.  They have engaged with activities they would not usually experience and enjoy the ‘hands on’  team building activities.

 

Unfortunately our provider of Forest Schools is unable to continue due to ill health but the pupils value this provision and we are aiming to find other providers.

£1,740

 

 

Collaborative learning

 

Individualised instruction

 

Social and emotional learning

Improve parental engagement and understanding of school and SEN systems/reviews by:

 

Arranging transport for hard to engage parents to attend reviews

 

Parents evenings and events that allow them to feel welcome and supported in the school

Better understanding of Newton’s Walk procedures and an increase in parental questionnaire responses in a supportive atmosphere.

75% of parents attended SEND reviews with 12 parents taking advantage of being transported in for the meetings if unable to do so themselves.  Outside of these meeting parents are transported/supported in meetings by the Complex Case Team. 

£847.40

 

 

Parental involvement

Whole school English resources and training

From September 2018 Talk 4 Writing was introduced across the provision.  It is to formally assess the impact of this.  However, children in all classes are engaging more in reading for pleasure.  The Pie Corbett spine books have been purchased along with good quality texts to be used in Guided Reading.      

£ 944.30

talk 4 writing training

 

£1,043.26

(Spine books)

 

 

 

Heart Math

Specific sensory software that allows pupils to see how emotions and attitudes affect their heart-rhythm patterns in real time and confirms when they are in the state of coherence. This feedback enables users to more effectively manage their stress levels and negative emotions, leading to improved cognitive performance, learning ability and creativity.

All staff have now received training in Heartmath, all equipment is now in school.  Children access this as/when required, all enjoy the intervention.  It is too early to assess impact, this is being measured at the end of the Summer term.  

 

 

Final cost 

£1,782

Social and emotional learning

Ruby and Alfie 1:1

Ruby and Alfie both receive education off-site.  This is delivered by an HLTA.   Ruby receives 1 session per week, Alfie receives 2 hours per week.  These children would not be in receipt of education if this had not been facilitated.   

£2,238.58

(7% of HLTA time)

 

Individualised learning

 

Social and emotional learning

Alfie taxi to Holbrook

Alfie and his mum were able to make a visit to his new school Holbrook in a taxi provided by Newton’s Walk. This was a successful visit. Alfie will be starting Holbrook in September 2019.

£20

Inclusion for all

Uniform

To support pupils and parents moving in to Newton’s Walk and also moving out of Newton’s Walk, pupils are offered a basic school uniform package if wanted

£76

Inclusion for all

SATs breakfasts

To ensure that all anxious pupils receive a hot breakfast and are fully prepared emotionally and physically to take their SATs tests

Group breakfast (bacon, sausage or egg cob, fruit juice, toast and cereal) Pupils voiced their choices and the week was very well received

£30

Social and emotional learning

 

TOTAL SPEND

£36,596.14

 

Proposed plan for Pupil Premium spending 2019 - 2020

 

Outline of spending and impact for financial year 2019 – 2020

(First review of pupil premium – Autumn 2 2019 and second review Spring 2 2020)

Provision

Outcomes

Cost (April – to date)

EEF Toolkit (Sutton Trust)

The Island

A popular intervention to re-engage pupils new to Newton’s Walk who are struggling to engage in full-time learning.

 

 

Individualised instruction

 

Learning styles

Arts Participation

Rural Pride

Increased engagement and enjoyment of school and an improvement of Boxall Scores allowing for better engagement in academic learning and resilience

 

Collaborative learning

 

Individualised instruction

 

Social and emotional learning

SEND Review transport

Better understanding of Newton’s Walk procedures and an increase in parental questionnaire responses in a supportive atmosphere

 

Parental engagement

Adventure

Post SATs outdoor education:

Climbing, abseiling, canoeing, pot holing, team building, grass sledging, orienteering.

6 week programme (1 day per week) including visit to the high peak.

 

Outdoor adventure learning

 

Collaborative learning

Lea Green

Residential at Lea Green for 1 night and 2 full days. First time experience for ‘away from home’

 

Outdoor adventure learning

 

Collaborative learning

Behaviour intervention

Talk for Writing

Reading will continue to be a development focus and we now need more relevant books to engage the boys who prefer shorter books but need more choice from the library

 

 

Reading comprehension strategy

Curriculum enrichment

Further develop the cultural capital opportunities for all pupils

 

Arts participation

 

Outdoor adventure learning

Zones of Regulation

Pupils to learn the skills of self -regulation to recognise their emotions and develop the tools  to self-regulate

 

Metacognition and self -regulation