Goldsmith Road, Rotherham, S65 2LY

01709 828983

Arnold Nursery School and Children’s Centre


Early Years Pupil Premium

Early Years Pupil Premium 2018/19

EYPP funding total : Autumn £4897.20, Spring £5419.25, Summer £6489.32

37 Children are eligible for pupil premium during the autumn term, Analysis of baseline assessments highlighted the starting points for these children ensuring practitioners are able to monitor their progress and attainment. Pupil progress meetings highlight any children who are below the expected level of development and ensure they are priority for intervention groups and focussed teaching in class. Pupil premium money is distributed across several strategies as a tiered approached in order to ensure all children benefit.

Our ‘in-house’ speech and language therapist delivers intervention groups and one to one support for children experiencing difficulties with communication and language. PSED is also a focus along with the delivery of our little steps group which supports children on the autistic spectrum. Our speech and language therapist also provides training and support for practitioners, enabling them to continue focussed teaching strategies within the class, and providing advice and backing so that they can make referrals to outside agencies when needed.

Pupil premium funds have supported the improvement of teaching through professional development opportunities including Early Words Together and ICAN Talk Boost. Staffing of our numerous intervention groups has supported targeted academic support for which Pupil premium children have precedence. These include groups such as Little Steps, Little Speakers, Little Thinkers and Little buddies.

Assessments and evaluations demonstrate children’s starting points and the progress they make through attendance at these regular sessions. Money has also been used to purchase resources for our intervention groups including those mentioned above. Pupil premium children are prioritised for attendance at both.

This year the setting is focussing on additional innovative ways of improving progress and attainment for pupil premium children. Attendance at breakfast club and lunchtime provision is being offered in order to improve attendance, a major factor when looking at learning and development. Families are supported to access Children’s Centre holiday activities and pupil premium children are prioritised for visits and outings in order to broaden experiences, develop PSED and ultimately impact on attainment. Further enrichment activities including visitors to school and first hand experiences are being planned for and funded throughout the year.


Early Years Pupil Premium 2017/18

EYPP funding total : Autumn £3498, Spring £3334.24, Summer £5616.58

30 Children were eligible for pupil premium during Autumn term, 42 during Spring term, 56 during Summer term 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.