Early Years Pupil Premium 2017/18

EYPP funding total : Autumn £3498, Spring £3334.24, Summer TBC

30 Children were eligible for pupil premium during Autumn term and 42 during Spring and continue to be part of the assessment process in school. Pupil progress meetings highlight any children who are below the expected level of development and include ways forward that support the children to make progress. Practitioners work in partnership with the speech and language therapist and deliver teaching and learning groups that boost children's learning and development in the areas of communication and language, attention autism and PSED. Any concerns are discussed in class teams or with the speech and language therapist, and referrals made to outside agencies for additional support when appropriate. Differentiated groups are planned within each class that include children that are more able as well as those that are below typical development. Curriculum areas such as literacy and mathematics are a focus for these differentiated groups. The speech and language therapist continues to provide additional training for early years practitioners in respect to strategies to use in class and with individuals and also in the use of Makaton to support communication.


Early Years Pupil Premium 2016/17

EYPP funding total : Autumn £3424, Spring £4526.60, Summer £4645.97

During the Autumn Term all children in receipt of Pupil Premium were assessed on entry to F1. Some children who were assessed as working below typical development for their age in Personal , Social and Emotional Development were  identified and attended a small ‘nurture’ group with one staff member, out of the classroom area. A rolling programme of nurture groups was established to enable all Pupil Premium children to attend, where appropriate. Benefits have included children showing greater confidence, children being able to make relationships and more able to manage their own feelings and emotions.

Speech and Language continues to be a focus, with 37% of F1 children (41 children) working below 22-36 months on entry, and a further 25% (28 children) just ‘beginning’ to reach 22-36 months level of development. Our Speech and Language therapist has continued and extended her role to include a screening of all children in September , identifying speech and language needs as early as possible in the first term and putting groups and strategies in place to support language development across the centre, for example Makaton symbol cards for all staff. Groups have focused on speaking and listening, sharing and turn taking, social interaction and concentration skills.

Early Years Pupil Premium 2015/16

EYPP funding total : Autumn £3122, Spring £4412.05, Summer £5801.05

Early Years Pupil Premium continues to have a positive effect on the attainment and progress of children who attend our centre. Some of the funding is used to enhance staffing levels , resulting in lower adult-child ratios , thus impacting on the quality of care and education for all children .

The centre has identified Communication and Language , which underpins all learning , and particularly Speaking, as an area for development. In 2015/26 54 % of children entering Day Care aged 2 were below their expected level of development in Speaking. This figure had dropped to 43% on exit. In the Nursery School 62% of children on entry were identified as below 22-36 months in Speaking. However, on exit the percentage of children below their expected level of development was only 26 %, demonstrating the immense impact of a communication-rich environment.

The centre also employs a part–time Speech and Language therapist, funded partly by Pupil Premium funds. The therapist identifies children with speech and language needs, works with teachers and all staff modelling language and conducting groups. Small speech and language groups have been established and also one to one therapy. Referrals (where necessary) are made promptly to NHS speech and Language services and Child Development Centre. All staff have received training, for example in the use of Makaton, across the centre. In addition our therapist also contributes to Individual Learning Plans and Education and Health Care plans for our children with more complex needs.


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  • The Arnold Centre, Goldsmith Road, Herringthorpe, Rotherham S65 2LY
  • Main Building: 01709 828 983
    Day Care Building: 01709 834 354




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