The Government provides extra support for these children through Pupil Premium funding. The following information is taken from the DFE website (further information can be found using the link)
Our pupils that are eligible for pupil premium funding face many barriers that affect their learning and general development. These include:
To overcome the barriers, pupil premium spending is used to in many ways outlined in the below reports.
Pupil Premium spending and impacts on pupils: Below are examples of how Pupil premium money has been spent at Holy Spirit and how this is helping our children.
A quality library to support a love of learning:
We have used some of our pupil premium money to develop an outstanding library facility. Last year, we partitioned the space and put in a new wall and ICt facilities to make an enclosed library space away from the dinner hatch. We have used our links with Tony at Beyond Books to arrange lots of author visits - BB Taylor and Joe Delaney being a couple of recent examples. The children run the library - our Junior librarians help our youngest pupils read - our special boy librarians act as role models for the younger boys to pick up a book!
UK military school: Some of our Pupil premium grant has been used to bring UKMS to Holy Spirit
They have had a huge impact in improving both the physical and mental fitness of our pupils. Examples of personal learning skills which they provide are:
(1) Independence (2) team building and team work (3) Listening and following instructions (4) problem solving (5) resilience (6) problem solving
The UKMS have enjoyed passing out parades with year 5 and year 6 pupils.
Improving our learning environment in early years
There was a huge need to improve Holy Spirit's learning environment 2 years ago - especially in our early years which had become quite run down.
Holy Spirit worked hard to receive funding from the Archdiocese and used some pupil premium money to ensure change. It is essential that the youngest children have the very best start and a quality learning space is central to this.
Take a look at these interesting google pictures showing how the school looked 2 to 3 years ago - I am sure you will agree there has been dramatic change - and change for the better!
Improvements to learning environment using pupil premium:
You will be amazed by these photographs showing how much the environment has changed over the last 2 years.
Baby & Toddler Stay and Play (Tuesdays) and Music and Reading Rhyme time (Thursdays)
We have a highly skilled teaching assistant, Mrs Sherwood who has a crucial role linking Holy Spirit with the local community. By offering Baby & Toddler club for free, Holy Spirit is doing some of the work previously available at the Children's centres. The sessions allow mums the opportunity to have shared quality learning time with their child and also meet and share the experiences of similar parents of young children.
Our new session of Music, Reading and Rhyme Time allows babies, todddlers and children of pre school age a chance to share a story and a song with their parents - learning as they go.