Evaluation of 2011-12 Pupil Premium Funding
The pupil premium budget for 2011-12 at Steiner Academy Hereford was £24,500. This figure is in addition to the main school budget. The areas of support the pupil premium provided for this year included the following:
- Individual eurythmy therapy supports self-esteem, proprioception, rhythm and and gross and fine motor skills. This was offered throughout the school by two experienced therapists.
- Teaching Assistants were used for daily, one-to-one literacy support (using the ‘Toe by Toe’ strategy) in classes 2-7 to uplift those pupils whose standard scores indicate a need.
- Additionally, use of older pupils (class 9) as ‘reading partners’ with classroom assistants directed to support this work.
- The introduction of selected learning programmes, such as Numicon and the Oxford Reading Tree series, and resource material such as Cuisenaire Rods, has broadened the range of learning strategies available to all pupils in general, and Pupil Premium learner in particular.
- Investment in a working partnership with Canterbury Christchurch University to pilot Steiner teachers achieving QTS led to a range of staff workshops and Inset activities disseminating teaching strategies that raised the profile of formative assessment and independent learning, and to examine where it was already extant in Steiner practice. This work was felt most strongly in our classroom practice.
- The unique Class Teacher model of the Steiner approach, where each class is carried by a single Class Teacher through the Lower School years (ages 6-12) offers the possibility for highly effective care of disadvantaged pupils through consistent and sustained mentoring that will involve working both with the child and his or her parents/guardians.
- An additional teacher was given a Pastoral Support overview, so that specific children could be offered extended support, including external counselling (delivered on site), as required.
- The creation of an additional, supervised ‘Quiet Working Space’, where children needing space and time to bring themselves back to a more positive frame of mind, could work uninterrupted.
- The extension of the ‘Quiet Space’ to include an additional covered area in the playground where children can play board games, draw, read.
- The creation of the Parent Support Group, offering advice and strategies to parents and carers on issues such as school refusing and poor attendance. This meets in school on a monthly basis.