St Matthew’s School receives Pupil Premium funding to support children eligible for Free School Meals and also those in services families.
This money is currently spent on providing individual or small group teaching, for specific children who need extra support or challenge in order to achieve their targets. We look carefully at every child in our school to provide the best possible education for them, and make every effort to ensure that no child is disadvantaged by their circumstances.
The funding is currently spent on:
- Literacy Lab
- Ms Green and Mrs Selinas, our Assistant Headteachers work across each Key Stage to provide additional teaching support for children in each class
- Reading volunteers from Beanstalk and other organisations read with children across the key stages
- Dramatherapy is run in conjunction with Roundabout
- Financial subsidies for visits, residential trips and extra curricular activities
- Financial subsidies for instrumental music lessons
Barriers to Learning
We understand that all pupils may face different challenges that might affect their learning.
At St Matthew’s, we identify potential barriers to pupils’ learning so that we can ensure that every child makes progress and is successful at school – academically, socially and emotionally.
Some barriers to learning that some children might face at various times during their time at primary school include:
- Poor attendance and punctuality
- High mobility
- Low starting points on entry to primary school
- Speech, Language and Communication Needs
- Attachment and trauma
We realise that these barriers may not affect every pupil and are fully aware of the individual needs of the children in our school. We ensure that through our curriculum planning and pastoral care, barriers can be addressed so that pupils are able to flourish in all areas of their learning.