At Warren Road, we use the Premium to fund those activities/interventions which we consider to be the most effective in raising the achievement of disadvantaged pupils. Research on the impact of different strategies including work undertaken by the Education Endowment Fund and Ofsted is used to shape the school’s provision.
Effective strategies include:
- High-quality teaching and learning which addresses the needs of all children with effective differentiation so all pupils are suitably challenged.
- 1 to 1 and small group support by experienced teaching/support staff focused on closing gaps in learning for children working towards achieving age-related expectations as well as those aiming to exceed this.
- A focus on oracy and opportunities for pupils to develop key speaking and listening skills.
- High-quality feedback to pupils to address misconceptions, reshape learning and establish clear next steps.
- A focus on the development of personal and social skills.
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities are provided by external agencies.
- Keeping parents fully informed on their children’s progress and how they can support their learning at home.
We recognise that high-quality class teaching has the greatest impact on pupils’ learning and their achievement. Class teachers are fully informed about the needs of the pupils in their class and differentiate learning accordingly and have the highest expectations of all pupils.
We aim to close any gaps in pupils’ learning as early as possible and for this reason, we will direct support into Early Years and KS1 with a focus on pupils’ Communication and Language Development. We track the progress of all pupils and whenever any pupil falls behind implement strategies that will enable them to catch up.
We recognise achievement in all its forms and do our best to ensure disadvantaged pupils benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum. We will provide opportunities to ensure all pupils can take part in all activities including residential visits, clubs and activities – no disadvantaged pupils will be excluded from these activities.