We believe in providing teaching and learning opportunities to meet the needs of each child regardless of socio-economic grouping or any other factors.
During our most recent Ofsted inspection, it was noted, “the school is deeply committed to good achievement by all pupils and to the development of their talents and the discovery of new interests. Equal opportunities are very well promoted and no pupil is denied access to what the school has to offer.”
We are dedicated to ensuring that necessary additional support is provided for socially disadvantaged pupils to enable them to make accelerated progress following regular needs analyses of individual pupils. Our commitment to this over recent years has resulted in narrowed gaps in achievement and an overall rise in attainment. We provide support under these three areas:
No single intervention provides a complete solution to the complex educational issues in any school and it is therefore a multi-faceted approach that offers the best opportunity for pupils to succeed. The key to minimising the gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils is through careful and thorough monitoring of pupil attainment and progress. At Heathbrook all teaching and learning staff are jointly involved in data collection and analysis. Our monitoring informs which interventions are chosen. The interventions come in a variety of forms:
- Providing small group work with expert teachers focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
- Individual support with a member of teaching staff
- Using outside agencies eg. Springboard, Dramatherapy, Speech and Language
- Pupil mentoring
- Pupils targeted for enrichment activities
- Pastoral Support Worker.
Staff use the Sutton Trust’s research (Education Endowment Fund) to guide decisions about expenditure, being sure to use interventions that have been proven to ensure good outcomes for pupils. ‘Narrowing the achievement gap for disadvantaged pupils – good practice in schools’ written by Lambeth LA is also referred to. The school’s Pupil Premium Action Plan is evaluated termly and shared with Sonia Ellis, our Governor responsible for Pupil Premium, and the Governors’ Achievement Sub Committee.
Raising attendance levels has also been critical in improving attainment and progress. Levels of persistent absenteeism are also robustly monitored by our Attendance and Punctuality Team and interventions are put in place, liaising with outside agencies as necessary.
Please read our 2019-20 Pupil Premium Report for more details.
Sports Premium Funding
As one of the Four Pillars of our Community Curriculum, sport plays a key part in our provision at Heathbrook. We are committed to helping our children achieve a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise during the day outside of the sporting activities provided during the school curriculum and our extended hours sport services.
School Councillors asked if there could be more activities for children during break times.
We have invested in equipment (using Sports Premium funding) that provides children with a chance to participate in sports that may usually be inaccessible.
Our extensive grounds have enabled us to incorporate sport in three different areas (pitch, upper playground and lower playground). These areas are used comprehensively during lunch and day time breaks by students of all ages who are encouraged to participate by the on-duty staff. The staff are trained as part of their continuing professional development (using Sports Premium funding) run by school.
The activities are changed on a daily basis in every area ensuring children are exposed to different sports. Each area gives the children the opportunity to increase physical activity, develop relationships through sport and increase their love for sport. By providing these extra activities we aim to provide every child with a healthy lifestyle while at the same time enhancing their social skills.
Sports Premium 2018-2019
Allocation of £18,728.00 helped provide:-
- An additional year of swimming lessons for year 3 pupils so that all pupils became more water-confident and most pupils learnt to swim 25 metres by the time they had finished in year 4.
- A wider range of After School Club activities; ballet, streetdance, basketball, cricket, tag rugby etc ensured that pupils accessed new sports and became more engaged in sports. This attracted a broader group of pupils.
- More pupils engage in a range of sports activities during break and lunch times
- Equipment to develop new sports such as cricket bats, football goals etc
- Additional Sports Coach for extended services (7.30-9.00am and 3.15-6.00pm)
- New playground equipment such as balance bikes purchased to support physical development
- Significantly higher numbers of pupils regularly participated in inter-school competitions (football, cricket)
- Cycle training provided to year 5 pupils
Sports Premium 2019-2020
Allocation of £18,702.00 will help provide:
- An additional year of swimming lessons for year 3 pupils
- Increasing number of sports-related After School Club activities
- Additional Sports Coach for extended services (7.30 -9.00am and 3.15-6.00pm)
- Introducing new sports such as Gaelic Football and Aussie Rules Football
- New posts for the astro pitch
- New playground equipment (multi-gym) for break and lunch times.