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Early Years Pupil Premium

The Children on roll: 140
Children in receipt of EYPP: 19 in the 3 year old provision; 24 in the provision for 2 year olds.

Early Years Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly-funded schools in England to help narrow the gap between children from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds. It is allocated to children who would be eligible for free school meals if they were in primary or secondary school.

The Church Hill and Low Hall children who are entitled to EYPP face barriers to their education and development due to restricted parental resources, such as lack of opportunities to go on outings, or experience of arts and crafts using specialist materials which are not available at home. Some children have restricted space to play at home, so the space afforded by Church Hill and Low Hall in itself presents an opportunity.

In academic year 2017-18 we received £4,999.49 and used this money as follows:

  • We used staff working time to support parents to apply for schools that are either good or outstanding.
  • We fund weekly enrichment activities with the children entitled to the funding. These included cooking, art and crafts, games and outings. The children went to the library, for walks and to local parks. They also travelled into town for a trip to the Science Museum.
  • We fund extended sessions/time at nursery for specific children who we felt would benefit from our environment and the physical space to play that we have.
  • We have created a hub of local artists called Arts in the Forest, with the aim of bringing the arts to all our children. This last year, ‘Play With Clay’ saw all the families whose children receive EYPP and all the 2 year olds whose families receive the 2 year old FEEE were invited to sessions led by a professional artist in residence who led a week-long experience of playing with clay. The majority of those invited attended (at least 30). This cost £1,000
  • We checked that all the EYPP children who wanted to go to Legoland were given support so that they had the opportunity to go. We subsidised 7 of them, and those children went accompanied by members of staff.

Impact

  • At the end of the academic year all of the children on the EYPP register have achieved at least 4 levels of progress.
  • 16 children who qualify for EYPP:
    • 4 children are at age expected expectations
    • 4 are exceeding age expected expectations as they are starting school.
    • X of the children are on both in receipt of EYPP and on the SEND registers: two children have made 4 and 5 levels of progress, one of whom is with us for another year; a third is exceeding age-related expectations and is now starting school.

Next steps
We shall review the impact of this use of EYPP funding at the Autumn meeting of our Children’s Learning and Development Meeting and make any necessary changes to our plans for this academic year with immediate effect.