The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Disadvantaged pupils are currently defined as looked after children and those who have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM).
Ocean Lodge Independent School recognise the evidence that shows economically disadvantaged pupils perform less well on average than non-disadvantaged pupils, at all levels of school education; furthermore, economically disadvantaged pupils are also associated with slower progress compared to their peers with the same level of attainment. With a few of our pupils eligible for this funding the appropriate interventions have been implemented within 2014-2015 to address and close the attainment gap.
Funding has been used to deliver a wide range of intervention strategies to raise attainment in reading, spelling and behaviour. Intervention strategies have benefitted pupils’ academic, emotional and social needs, allowing engagement in learning which in-turn has built confidence and self-esteem.
Pupils with literacy needs were given access to 1:1 support with additional resources such as Lexia, a technology-based reading programme that increases reading proficiency. My Maths programme has been purchased to assist in pupil engagement and to consolidate maths knowledge. These programmes have enabled pupils to catch up and fill gaps in their knowledge and understanding, supporting future learning.
Funding was also spent on supporting some pupils to explore feelings, anxieties and attachment disorders through Play Therapy and direct work with a Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist.
To allow greater flexibility for learning outside the classrooms several laptops and an I-pad have been purchased.