Inclusive Education Trust – Pupil Premium
Almost all students at the schools in The Inclusive Education Trust fall into the disadvantaged category but not all are entitled to Pupil Premium. Many of the students are dual registered with a mainstream school and this means our schools must claim the Pupil Premium from that mainstream school for the time that students are with us. Mainstream Heads are very supportive of this process but it often means we cannot anticipate exactly how much Pupil Premium money we will receive.
Given the numbers of Pupil Premium pupils at our schools at any given time and bearing in mind our pupil population is growing in-year, our approach to determining who benefits from our range of interventions cannot be based upon who is entitled to Pupil Premium; it is based on need. Our range of interventions includes: -
- Behaviour interventions - We improve behaviour for learning through rewards and weekly enrichment sessions. Through positive relationships with staff, learners begin to manage their behaviour, develop a positive attitude to school life and to learning.
- Feedback - Class sizes are small, enabling regular feedback from teacher to learner. ‘Live’ marking is used as an effective tool for assessing learner’s progress in every lesson. This model helps learners to understand how they are making progress and develops their ability to assess themselves.
- 1:1 tuition - Some learners have a number of barriers which prevent them from working in groups. We offer 1:1 tuition from specialist teachers in English, Maths, Science and IT on a weekly basis to a small number of learners.
- Literacy and numeracy interventions - All learners are assessed when they arrive so that we have an understanding of any underlying literacy and/or Numeracy needs. Learners with a low baseline result are given 1-1 support
- Breakfast Club – each site offers students breakfast to help support their readiness to learn
- Curriculum adaptations - We tailor our students’ curriculums to support their learning needs.
- Enrichment activities - These are used to reward students but also to motivate and encourage strong relationships with staff.
- High staff to student ratio - Each student has a key worker who ensures their pastoral needs are met to enable progress in lessons.
Our strategy is to provide interventions to all learners who need support to improve their educational outcomes. Learners at our schools may experience a number of barriers to learning: these include poor attendance, poor literacy and/or numeracy, low self-esteem and negative attitude to their learning experiences in mainstream education. Some learners also experience mental health difficulties.
We measure the impact of these strategies through ongoing tracking of learner progress in 5 key areas:
• Attainment and in-year progress.
• Improvements in attendance.
• Improvements in behaviour for learning. (BPSD and BLD)
• Improvements in literacy and numeracy. (APP and assessments against baselines)
• Improvements in mental well-being. (BPSD)
All information on Pupil Premium progress is reported regularly to the Trust and local governing boards