What is the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium funding is additional funding allocated to all schools to support disadvantaged pupils. St Thomas a Becket Nursery receives pupil premium if your child is aged 3 or 4 and you get 15 hours free childcare plus you also receive certain benefits (please see www.gov.uk/get -extra-early-years-funding), or if your child is currently being looked after by the Local Authority or if your child has left care through adoption, special guardianship order, a child arrangements order.
How can I find out if my child is entitled to the Pupil Premium funding?
Please collect a form from the Nursery Administrator and / or complete the relevant information section on the termly nursery funding parent declaration form. The process for applying is straightforward and confidential. Please come in and talk through it with the Nursery Administrator or Manager if you have any queries with this process. All enquires will be treated in confidence.
How is the funding used?
St Thomas a Becket Nursery seeks to ensure the best use of the Pupil Premium to achieve maximum benefit for the child. We recognise that barriers to achievement take a variety of forms and look for individual ways to support each child to achieve their very best. We do this by offering our children a wide range of opportunities and ensuring that these are accessible for everyone. We work with our families and staff to ensure everyone has high aspirations for all.
Enriching the Curriculum
- Visits from external organisations
- Discretionary breakfast club and lunch places
- Additional hours at nursery
- Trustee discretionary places
- Purchase of resources / equipment specifically appropriate to the child’s interests and needs (can be for individual play or to encourage social skills with peers)
- Tailoring interventions to suit each pupil
- Personal, Social, Emotional Development
- English as an additional language
- Small group time and 1:1 support
- Booster groups for communication and language
- ISEND training
- Behaviour Management training
- Speciality training books/manuals
- Home/Nursery Book Library
- Healthy lifestyles workshops
- Home / Nursery ideas meetings, agreements and resources
- Implementation of Tapestry and Mailchimp
St Thomas a Becket Nursery
Pupil Premium Grant – Planned Spending 2019/2020
In 2019/2020 St Thomas a Becket Nursery will receive £ for pupils.
Terms 1&2 = £0
No Pupil Premium Children have been identified at the start of this term. All families are supported with the completion of their funding forms which are done in the setting, with the Nursery Manager present to assist where needed.
A key objective from last year was to offer subsidised places through the PP funding and through a discretionary Trustee grant to support PP families to return to the workplace. With this and the 30-hour funding available for working parents, our number of non-working parents who are eligible to claim the Pupil Premium has reduced. We will continue to promote the fund to ensure that all families who are eligible and may have slipped through the net are aware of their entitlement.
We will continue to promote the Pupil Premium funding through our website.
We will continue to reach out to the most vulnerable families in our communities:
- through our relationship with local charity Matthew 25 (support people trying to rebuild broken lives, especially those with life-threatening addiction, loneliness, bereavement, unemployment, homelessness, offending and more)
- through our relationship with our local parish churches and their priests and groups who are in touch with vulnerable families in our area
- through St Thomas a Becket School.
Terms 3&4 = £
Terms 5&6 = £
Introduction about Pupil Premium Grant
The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to Early Years providers so that they can support pupils who are known to be at risk of underachievement and help to close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
Teaching and Learning
At St Thomas a Becket Nursery our focus is on the resources specific to the development needs of the child plus extending access to the nursery environment and curriculum through the provision of additional hours to support the child’s school readiness and the families’ capacity to return to work.
The nursery are extending their learning opportunities to include more outdoor learning and delivery of forest school activities. The nursery have recently invested in renting an allotment which is currently under ‘construction’ as an outdoor classroom, we are all very excited about this opportunity for the children.
Our second focus remains on Continued Professional Development for the whole staff team. In house whole team training is accessed through specialist support services information sessions, presentations, team meetings and inset days. Plus, training through the Local Authority and where possible, through our Early Years Hub.
Barriers to educational achievement
We recognise that a range of factors affect our children’s achievement. These include previous socialising opportunities, change in family make up and circumstances, nursery attendance, size of learning group, cultural/language diversity and children’s starting points. Our small group work supports children’s self-confidence, social skills and communication.
- We operate a nursery library which is intended to support a love of books and to remind families of the importance of reading together.
Our delivery of the EYFS curriculum will continue to meet the needs of our children. We aim to support all children to become independent and collaborative learners through the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum that will enable each child to develop personally, socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically, creatively and intellectually to their full potential.
We value each child’s achievements, assessing their individual needs and next steps and helping each child to progress. We will use a variety of assessment methods including on-going short and long observations, adult and child led activities and the use of tapestry. We develop positive relationships with parents and carers to build a strong partnership in supporting their children. We provide a caring and inclusive learning environment which is sensitive to the requirements of the individual child including those who have additional needs.
Outcomes for Children
The positive outcomes of our pupil premium expenditure is evidenced within our use of tracking data, the Children’s learning journeys, parental and Key Worker feedback.