Schools are provided with funding from the government to support children who have been registered for free school meals, or who have been looked after for more than 6 months continuously. Mary Hare has to collect this money from the child’s local Authority and then decide how best to allocate the money to ensure that vulnerable and disadvantaged children have the best opportunity to make progress.
In 2014/15 the Primary School used the funding to support learning and enhance provision and outcomes for children in the following ways:-
Creation of the 'Nest' - a nurture area where pupils can go to receive pastoral, individual and group sessions to develop emotional literacy skills. This in turn supports children’s self-esteem and encourages positive behaviour. It also encourages greater confidence in their ability to complete tasks and make progress in speaking and listening, reading and writing. In the Nest children can enjoy art therapy and specific individual nurture support from our qualified Emotional Learning Support Assistant (ELSA)
Financial support for curriculum enhancement activities. For example, a residential trip to Mill on the Brue and other educational day activities.
Financial support to enable residential care one night a week.
Our data analysis shows this has been effective in boosting self-esteem and confidence and supporting positive behaviour. It has enabled all the targeted children to develop their spoken language skills, become more independent learners who engage with the curriculum, and improve their progress.
We should receive a new allocation of £7,500 for the academic year 15/16 and the Primary plans to continue to spend the funding to develop the aspects identified above. In addition ipads or surfaces and a keyboard will be purchased. It is anticipated these will support independent research and foster an enjoyment of learning.
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