Safeguarding and Pupil Premium and SEND

Pupil Premium Grant

What is pupil premium?

Pupil Premium is additional funding provided to schools by national government. It has been awarded to schools to help them to ‘narrow the gap’ in performance that exists nationally between vulnerable pupils and their peers. The level of funding allocated to schools is based upon the number of pupils who: 

  • are currently eligible and registered for free school meals (FSM)
  • have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) in the last six years (referred to as ‘Ever6’)
  • are children whose parents were in the Armed Forces (Service Children)
  • have been in local authority care for 6 months or more (now one day or more)

To ensure that we receive our full entitlement for this grant, please register for Pupil Premium/Free School Meals by following the link below:

https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-meals-uniforms-and-trips/apply-for-free-school-meals/

 

Which pupils are we targeting?

FSM and other vulnerable pupils who are, or are at risk of:

  • under-achieving at KS2

  • under-achieving at KS1

  • Other underachieving pupils

     

We will achieve this using a number of complementary strategies.

 

 

 

View our Pupil Premium Strategy by clicking on the attcahment link to the right of this page.

 

Our priorities?

  • to track the progress of our pupils more closely, so that we can intervene more quickly if they are not making the progress we would expect;

  • to improve attendance and engagement;

  • to further raise the aspirations of our pupils;

  • to promote social, emotional and mental well-being so that pupils show resilience, resourcefulness and employ self-regulating strategies.

  • to provide opportunities for enrichment beyond the curriculum.

  • to involve families and the community in pupils’ learning so that raised expectations and aspirations are shared and encouraged beyond the school day.

 

What are we using the funding for?

We have allocated our Pupil Premium to three key areas:

  • Intervention
  • Support
  • Enrichment

 

Intervention

We have:

  • Provided additional Booster groups for Literacy and Maths, taught by experienced qualified teachers, so that it is available to a greater number of pupils and the intervention can be targeted on specific skills and needs.

  • Trained support staff delivering small group interventions in literacy, maths and speech, language and communication.

  • Trained support staff delivering 1:1 support.

  • Assistant Head with responsibility to work with external agencies so that interventions are sensitive and appropriate to meet individual needs.

 

Support

  • We contribute towards uniform, PE kits and book bags.

  • We offer an active breakfast club, encouraging healthy living, cooperation and teamwork.

  • Pupil Welfare Assistant – providing social and emotional support and teaching coping strategies in order for pupils to access the learning.

  • We offer to contribute to travel expenses or to additional costs incurred when attending appointments with other professionals such as hospital or specialist teachers.

  • We work with families to access support within the community.

 

Enrichment

  • We are strongly encouraging participation in extra-curricular and enrichment activities, ensuring that any barriers to involvement are reduced, particularly for our disadvantaged pupils;

  • We subsidise the cost of trips to enable our PP pupils to participate in a wide range of enrichment activities that will enthuse, engage and raise aspirations;

  • We continue to pay for music tuition;

  • We have trained a member of staff to provide Forest Schools so that a greater number of pupils can take part. 

 

No single intervention provides a complete solution to the complex educational issues in any school and it is therefore a multi-faceted approach that we feel offers the best opportunity for pupils to succeed. The key to closing the gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils is careful and thorough monitoring/tracking of attainment and progress. 

SAFEGUARDING AT WESTFIELD

Safeguarding everyone at Westfield is of prime importance.  At Westfield we have a 'Designated Safeguarding Lead' as well as 'Alternative Safeguarding Leads', these are:

Mrs Rosie Kerr - Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Toni Kittle - Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Fiona-Catherine Thompson - Alternate Safeguarding Lead

Miss K McGivern - Alternate Safeguarding Lead 

Miss Helen George - Alternate Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Georgina Ellis - Safeguarding Governor

 

Further information on Safeguarding can be found in the policies section of our website.

 

DO YOU HAVE A SAFEGUARDING CONCERN ABOUT ONE OF OUR PUPILS?

We are all responsible for keeping children safe. If you are concerned about a pupil please come in and talk to a member of staff or call Customer First on 0808 800 4005 (free from landlines and most mobiles)

 

HOW SAFE IS YOUR CHILD ONLINE?

At Westfield, we believe it is important to educate all children on the importance of staying safe on and offline. In this computer age it is not always easy to monitor your child at all times when on a computer, tablet, mobile phone or games console. Therefore we have provided an information leaflet to help you out. Please click on the attachment below to find out more. 

There is additional information provided on the Westfield Primary Academy App which can be downloaded for free. Your App is available on for Apple devices on iTunes, and for Android devices on Google Play.

 

Android app on Google PlayThe App for Android can be downloaded on Google Play.

 

Download on the App Store The App for iPhone and iPad can be downloaded on the App Store.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES

At Westfield Primary Academy, we are committed to promoting ambition and providing opportunities for everyone within a culture that is happy, supportive and safe. All talents are nurtured, all needs are met and all can flourish. To achieve this however, we recognise that some children will, at some stage in their school life, require a more personalised approach to enable them to make progress, enjoy success and achieve.

To support children with specific needs we use a person centred, collaborative, graduated approach. We use an ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ cycle to ensure we give high quality and appropriate support. Our aim is for parents/ carers, children and school staff to work together to enable all children to enjoy success and flourish. Reasonable adjustments will be made so that children with special educational needs and disabilities can take part in every aspect of school life. Any adaptations to the curriculum are based on a child’s individual needs with the goal of including them socially and academically. Any support or intervention put in place aims to overcome barriers to learning. We also value our relationship with other practitioners and work together with them to further enhance our provision. 

In meeting children’s needs we are also required to work within the following Acts:

  • The SEN Code of Practice and the Children and Families Act 2014
  • The SEN and Disability Act (amended 2001) and the The Discrimination and Disability Act (12 2006)
  • The Equality Act (2010)

The implementation of the SEN Code of Practice 2014 will be through this School Offer. 

Finding out about our school:

Parents and carers are welcome to visit our school. Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator is Mrs Read-Graves, who can be contacted via our school office.