Music Tuition – £1,348.00
A growing body of literature focussing on the effects of musical tuition on academic achievement reports a positive relationship between music lessons and academic achievement (performancescience.org). A small proportion of Pupil Premium funding was used to fund music tuition for some our pupils to experience clarinet, singing, guitar, drum and keyboard lessons. This tuition enabled a widening of experience and culture as well as instilled a sense of achievement and pride when students performed in special assemblies. This sense of achievement and pride instilled a positive attitude which was evidently transferred into classroom attitude. This tuition has also continued to allow students who have struggling speech skills to find a ‘voice’ within school and partake in school assemblies.
Breakfast club – £ 195.00 (30% of the overall cost)
As concentration in lessons and on academic studies requires daily physical needs to be met, Westhaven provide a free cooked breakfast club for all their pupils. Breakfast club now feeds up to 30 students daily (equal to 23% of the school population). 48% of students who are eligible for Pupil Premium attended breakfast club. As well as providing a much-needed service, an element of social skills is also instilled at this time as students sit, eat together and help clear up.
After school clubs – £155.00
To help provide enrichment and a variety of equal opportunities to our PP eligible children, some subsidies are made to assist them with accessing the after-school clubs and activities. These clubs include both sporting and academic opportunities.
Equipment, Materials & Curriculum Enrichment Days £1,376.21
Lots of our learners need specialist equipment or resources available to them. Our PP funding was used to help provide these resources (such as ear defenders, talking tins, individual whiteboards, fiddle toys) to be available in every classroom to ensure our learners have resources they need at their fingertips. We also were able to provide money to allow visitors to come in and enrich the experience of our most disadvantaged pupils as well as utilising outside agencies such as Pause and Engage.
IT Equipment – £1,596.00
Our students have a growing demand for software programs that help them develop their learning and skills, as well as some needing specialist communication apps. PP funding was used to buy licenses for such apps and software programmes.
Plans for Future Funding
Westhaven will continue using Pupil Premium funding towards additional staffing and breakfast club as the benefits of these features are huge.
With any remaining funding Westhaven will continue to link with the Local Authority in looking at ways to use it strategically to develop students’ learning experiences in line with the school improvement plan.