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Forest Park School is a very special place which provides for children aged 2-19 with moderate, severe and profound learning difficulties. The school is based on two sites, one mile apart. We have a team of dedicated, talented and skilled professionals who provide a child centered approach which is flexible and responsive to individual needs. We promote a happy, supportive and positive learning environment.

Pupil Premium Strategy and Expenditure

Forest Park School Pupil Premium Strategy 2020-21

 

At Forest Park School we use our pupil premium allocation in a variety of ways to support the individuals maximise their learning and improve their outcomes.

 

All of the pupils at Forest Park have special educational needs, with varying levels of complexity, so we use our allocation to help the individual pupils by potentially buying them resources to improve their outcomes, offering them experiences that they might not get otherwise, bringing in specialists to support in a particular way and constantly seeking improvements to their educational experience, sometimes in small ways but with big impact.

We measure the impact of the expenditure through regular review of pupil data and questioning by our link Governor. The pupils are observed using the equipment and participating in activities and these are recorded through photographs and teacher comments in pupil learning journeys.

 

Barriers to future attainment (for pupils eligible for PP )

In-school Barriers – Pupils enter the school with a range of SLD, PMLD, MLD,

Complex medical/health needs and a high proportion with Autism.

All are supported by an Education, Health & Care Plan

A.

Poor attendance due to complex medical issues

B.

Behaviour issues linked to attachment, low self-esteem and self-confidence

C.

Communication difficulties, non-verbal, limited language and understanding,

social communication difficulties

External Barriers

D.

Communication and behaviour strategies not always being used at home and

independence not fostered within families

E.

Extra-curricular opportunities beyond the school environment being inaccessible

F.

Social isolation and lack of enrichment opportunities for some pupils at home

Reviews take place termly.

 

FOREST PARK SCHOOL Pupil Premium PLANNED Expenditure 2020 – 2021

 

FSM

Service

Year 7

AFC

CLA

Number

40

2

 

7

3

Budget

£34,364

£620

 

£14,070

£5,545

Interventions: 

  • Additional LSA support for example, for behaviour support at key times such as on settling into school as a new pupil or at times of transition or as additional support for specific activities such as hydrotherapy where 2:1 staffing may be required
  • 1:1 tuition to develop reading and spelling skills development for 5 children who receive additional funding
  • Equipment for use as rewards for positive behaviour management strategies to decrease number of behavioural outbursts
  • Funding to support school trips to develop social skills and appropriate behaviour in different environments
  • Purchases of additional resources for developing literacy and numeracy skills and independence skills; including IPads
  • Purchase of switch boxes and cause and effect equipment
  • Purchase of OT time for sensory profiles
  • Purchase of physical therapies
  • Purchase of Riding for the Disabled

 

CLA pupil premium may be spent in conjunction with DSG money according to individual needs at any given time and monitored with that. This is so larger purchases, such as personal equipment can be purchased as needs change over time

 

 FOREST PARK SCHOOL Pupil Premium Expenditure IMPACT 2019 – 2020

 

 

FSM

Service

Year 7

AFC

CLA

Number

27

2

7

5

6

Budget

£32,230

£600

£3,500

£11,500

£7,732

Interventions

  • Additional LSA support for example, for behaviour support at key times such as on settling into school as a new pupil or at times of transition or as additional support for specific activities such as hydrotherapy where 2:1 staffing may be required
  • 1:1 tuition to develop reading and spelling skills development
  • Equipment for use as rewards for positive behaviour management strategies to decrease number of behavioural outbursts and improve attendance
  • Funding for school trips including the school activities week to enrich social experiences and develop social skills and appropriate behaviour
  • Purchases of additional resources for developing literacy and numeracy skills and independence skills
  • Music therapy sessions
  • Pony riding sessions
  • Purchase of switch boxes and cause and effect equipment
  • Purchase of PE equipment for motor skills sessions
CLA pupil premium may be spent in conjunction with DSG money according to individual needs at any given time and monitored with that. This is so larger purchases, such as personal equipment can be purchased as needs change over time

Impact

The impact has been more limited due to the COVID 19 Pandemic interrupting the school year. However up until that time:

  • Pupils transitioned into and out of the school smoothly; social stories and additional staffing for visits were successful in reducing anxieties for pupils in particular when transitioning to new schools. Families were also supported in making visits to decide on appropriate school placements.
  • Attendance for Year 7, CLA and service children continued to match the Forest Park target attendance of 92.5%
  • The purchase of an IPad and other rewarding activities, including sand trays helped 4 pupils reduce the number of aggressive incidents over the year:
  • Year 7 catch up was used to purchase IPads, cause and effect switching equipment. 
  • All pupils who were pony riding made progress during the time they were going against our skills assessment
  • Dance therapy reports continued to indicate that pupil engagement was high and children were responding to the activities
  • Additional reading time enabled pupils to gain more skills with their reading and more "I can" statements were achieved. 

 

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