Barriers to Learning
What were our Barriers to Learning? (2016 – 2017)
Oral language skills have a direct impact on reading and writing skills. Children with poor oral language skills find it hard to use inference and deductions skills in reading.
Being able to use standard English in their grammar writing work can also be a barrier to learning. By the end of Key Stage 2, Year 6 pupils performed well in their Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Test but do not always use these skills in their day to day writing.
The ability to use key reasoning skills in Maths is a barrier to better progress in Maths particularly for those children who are higher attainers and working at Greater Depth.
Attendance is a barrier to learning; average attendance for Pupil Premium Pupils last year was 93%; significantly below the National benchmark of 96%. If pupils are not in school regularly, then they do not have the opportunity to access the wealth of learning opportunities provided for them at Arley.
What are the School Priorities for 2017 – 2018?
To ensure that early intervention for speech and language skills ensures that pupils are closing the gap in their oral skills; therefore increasing their attainment in Reading and Writing. To increase the number of PP pupils achieving ARE by the end of KS2 in reading to narrow the gap compared to non-PP nationally.
To ensure that PP pupils have stamina for writing using standard English and grammar skills appropriate to their age. To increase the number of PP pupils achieving ARE by the end of KS2 to narrow the gap to National non-PP
To ensure that PP pupils are able to use reasoning language in Maths ensuring that they make good progress in line or better than non-PP in the school.
To increase attendance rates for pupils eligible for PP.
To increase the number of PP pupils who take part in extra-curricular activities or clubs and parental attendance at Inspire afternoons.
(See the Impact Statement for 2017 – 2108 for details on the use of Pupil Premium Funding.)
How do we measure the impact of our Pupil Premium Funding?
Through regular drop-ins, learning walk and observations of pupils’ learning in a variety of lessons.
By talking to pupils and using a pupil questionnaire for Pupil Premium Pupils and non-Pupil Premium Pupils.
Through looking at pupils’ books in a variety of subjects. Comparing the progress they have made since their starting point at the start of the year.
Through careful monitoring of Catch-up and Challenge Groups.
Through analysis of attainment achieved and progress made on a termly basis and by talking to teachers in progress meetings every half-term.
By looking at the achievement of specific IEP targets on a termly basis for pupils who are also on the Special Needs Register.
By comparing the percentage of Pupil Premium Pupils who attend clubs, extra activities and whole-school events.
Through careful analysis of the impact of specific interventions such as Precision Teaching which we can compare the baseline score to the end score following a short amount of time.
By careful monitoring of attendance of pupils where their attendance is at risk of below the National expectation.
What can you do to support your child to help them on their learning journey?
Make sure your child attends school on a regular basis and ask the teacher what they can do to catch-up on the work they have missed if they were ill.
Make sure your child is always punctual and make the best use of our Breakfast club if this helps in the morning. Keeping a set routine is helpful so children know exactly what they have to do to get ready each day. Maybe make a list for each day, so children know when they have PE and will be ready and equipped with their PE kit.
Make sure they read a wide range of books and other reading material at home. Talk to your child about what they have read and ask them questions to make sure they understand the text. Make sure the reading book and Home/School diary is always in school on a daily basis.
Visit the local library so that you can share a book together and read to your child. Remember reading a story to or with your child encourages them to have a love of books.
Support your child with homework tasks such as tables and spelling practice; little and often is much better than just once a week.
Make sure if extra homework or projects are set by the class teacher that you encourage your child to complete them. Maybe you could do something or make something linked to the Creative Curriculum Project together.
Ask your child what they have learnt at school so that you can encourage them to be positive about their learning experiences. Help them to understand that it is alright to make a mistake; that is how we learn. Ask your child about our learning animals; Pondering Panda, Team Ant, Tough Tortoise and Clever Magpie – they will be able to tell you when they need to use them.
Look at opportunities and clubs at school or in the local community to see if there is something else your child would like to do. Many of the clubs at school are free or we can use some of the Pupil Premium Funding to support you with this. Please ask for more information.
Make sure you know how well your child is doing by attending all consultation evenings in school but remember we have an open door policy; so your child’s school teachers are very approachable.
Attend whole school information events and enjoy watching your child in Class Assemblies and phase or year group productions.
Come along and see how your child learns at Inspire afternoons. The dates are always sent home at the start of the year so you can keep them free. The children really enjoy it when they can impress you!
If your child is in Early Years, look out for the Parental Partnership days; these are a valuable opportunity for you to work with your child and get a real insight into how we learn at an early age at Arley.
Ask us how we can support you – we are always here to help.