We try to keep class sizes as small as we can because quality first teaching is the best way to accelerate progress. This increases the opportunity to close gaps in learning and support the high achievers depending on their individual needs. One way we give extra support for our disadvantaged pupils is to provide small group learning, finely focused on individual needs, delivered by adults who know the children well. We have qualified teaching assistants dedicated to supporting these pupils either in lessons (with their independent work) or in one-to-one and small group sessions delivering specific tailored interventions to overcome difficulties. As pupil premium money fluctuates year by year, this school continues to support pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure the best possible outcomes.
In November 2017, the Ofsted report noted:
“There are very few disadvantaged pupils in the school. You have managed their needs well. You remove barriers to learning, including issues with attendance. You involve parents. Teachers have a better understanding of the particular needs of pupils. You and staff at the school support disadvantaged pupils emotionally and academically. Your inclusive attitude permeates the school. Everyone understands your values. Consequently, disadvantaged pupils are making stronger progress. They engage in activities with their peers.”