Early Years Pupil Premium
The main focus for children eligible for EYPP during the 2016-17 academic year was to develop their communication and language skills. This was supported with intervention from a member of staff and the participation in a number of experiences that took place outside of school and which had the aim of widening vocabulary, further developing communication skills and providing the children with a real purpose and context to talk about their visit and experience to others. Funding was also allocated to increase/support attendance so that children had the greatest potential to make rapid progress.
In terms of impact those children who were eligible for EYPP made very strong gains so that in terms of communication and language many reached or exceeded levels of development typical for their age. On-entry the number of children at or above Age Related Expectations (ARE) was just 8%. On-exit this had risen to 46% with another 40% of the children very close to achieving Age Related Expectations. When looking at the other prime areas the children have also made strong gains. For Personal, Social and Emotional Development almost all the children (95%) were below Age Related Expectations when they came into school. On-exit over half of the children were at or above Age Related Expectations with a further 32% just below. In terms of physical development the vast majority of children (88%) were below Age Related Expectations on entry. Progress was made so that 76% were at or above on exit -with a further 13% just below Age Related Expectations. This demonstrates excellent progress for this group of children.
We can use the extra funding in any way we choose to improve the quality of the early years education that we provide for your child. This could include, for example, additional training for our staff on early language, investing in partnership working with our colleagues in the area to further our expertise or supporting our staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language.
It is well documented that high quality early education can influence how well a child does at both primary and secondary school so we do want to make the most of this additional funding. You may be aware if you have older children that a pupil premium has been available for school-age children and it has proved to have given a real boost to the children receiving the funding. We want to do the same for our early years children entitled to this funding.