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  • We opened the doors in September 2012 as the first publicly-funded Steiner Free School in England
  • We are a growing all-through school for children and young people from 4 to 16 years old
  • Currently we have 160 pupils on roll, from 4 to 11 years of age
  • The Governors and all staff understand the educational process as an integrated blend of academic learning, arts and crafts, outdoor learning, foreign languages, movement and music, and ethics and spirituality
  • There are 12 children who are eligible for Pupil Premium Funding (PPF) plus 3 eligible for Pupil Premium Plus making a total of the school population of 9.3%
  • In the academic year 2012 / 2013 the school received £6,645 PPF. In 2013 / 2014 the forecast PPF is £13,600.

Rational

  • Education within a Steiner school is regarded as a social and cultural task, conducted in the public sphere and of unique importance for each person.
  • Education has the task of developing social consciousness, self-knowledge and ethical intelligence towards active, global citizenship and to that end ensuring that each child has the maximum opportunity to develop a strong sense of self and others.
  • We recognise that not all pupils who qualify for PPF are socially disadvantaged and not all socially disadvantaged pupils qualify, or are registered for FSM. We focus on the needs and levels of progress of all pupils.
  • Children in receipt of PPF will not be isolated socially, academically, or in any other way and so they will work with and alongside their peers not in receipt of PPF.

The purpose of Pupil Premium Funding

  • To narrow the disadvantage gap by addressing inequalities and raising the attainment of those students entitled to the PPF.
  • To raise the self-esteem and aspirations of students entitled to PPF through curricular, pastoral and extra-curricular support.

Core aims - how PPF is used:

Through targeted additional support strategies resulting in every child, however financially disadvantaged, being able to:

  • improve self-esteem
  • have full access to our curriculum
  • access extra-curricular provision
  • improve their levels of attainment and progress
  • where present, to close attainment gaps

Measuring the Impact

  • Any impact of PPF will have both a short and long term impact and so individual improvements in all aspects of the child’s school life will be monitored over a period of time. This is done using a wide range of data including – pupils’ work, observations, case studies plus achievement and attendance data.
  • Self-esteem will be measured using teachers’ professional judgments, and periodic child studies with the Class Teacher, Principal and SENCo in order to reflect on the individuals’ progress in a holistic manner.
  • Class Teachers will also monitor how a child’s willingness, confidence and self-esteem are developin
  • g in a variety of tasks across the entire curriculum. They will also monitor the child’s body language, spoken communication and general demeanor and make a judgment in light of this assessment.

Sharing progress information with all parents

  • Class Teachers hold one to one meetings with parents, as needed, or in an annual surgery session. The whole child is discussed in depth at this point, including progress across the entire curriculum. Written reports are presented to parents in the summer term.

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The pupil premium budget for 2012-13 at SAF was £6,645. This figure is in addition to the main school budget. The areas of support the pupil premium provided for 2012-13 are indicated below. It is important to note that this was the school’s very first year and as such the needs of individual children were, in the first term, being assessed by the class teacher to ensure targeted funds were being allocated effectively, plus late allocation of funding prevented a speedy response. Some funds were not allocated to the school until the Spring Term 2013.

Curriculum support

  • Teaching Assistants were used for daily, one-to-one support in Classes 1-3 to uplift those pupils where an early identification of need was established.
  • Additional resources for the classroom were either purchased or in some instances loaned/hired.
  • Equal opportunities – a proportion of the children eligible for PPF have complex medical needs and so a comprehensive site inspection needed to be carried out and specialist emergency procedures put in place.

Pastoral support

  • Specialist help for Behaviour, Social and Emotional Needs were allocated using the PPF.
  • Enhanced / improved social skills through trips, activities, extracurricular activities and support with materials took place.
  • Support was purchased from external agencies to help children and families with wider learning and social issues.

Impact

As mentioned above, the school has finished its first year of assessing the needs and targeting the children eligible for PPF. At the start of the year 2013/14 all PPF children were monitored and assessed to further identify any particular needs and gaps in attainment. Overall, the PPF children were making the same level of progress or higher than expected in virtually all aspects of academic learning, arts and crafts, outdoor learning, movement and music, foreign languages and ethics and spirituality.

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From April 2012 the pupil premium was based on ‘Ever 6’ FSM. This relates to pupils who have ever been entitled to FSM over the last 6 years. The amount distributed per pupil for 2013-14 is £903. During this academic year SAF will receive a total of £8,943 to support 9 pupils who currently qualify. 2 pupils who joined SAF in September 2013 are eligible and so the total allocation will now be spread over 11 pupils to ensure that no individual is disadvantaged before the funding comes on stream early in 2014.

At the start of the school’s second year a full evaluation was done, which led to consideration of the best use of funds to enable an appropriate match between support needs and funding available.

SAF will continue with the targeted support described above for 2013-14 that reflects the core aims. SAF have allocated PPF in the following way on a provision basis:

  • 10% of the PPF on our emerging school library
  • 10% on outdoor clothing where necessary  
  • 30% for staff or training
  • 50% on materials / resources

 The allocation of PPF funding will be reviewed in the Summer Term 2014 and adjusted as required.

Steiner Academy Frome – February 2014

 

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