“In 2011/12 schools were allocated Pupil Premium funding for children from low income families who were eligible for Free School Meals or had been Looked After continuously for more than six months. From April 2012 the Pupil Premium was extended to include children who had been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years.”
“Schools are free to spend Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they are responsible for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low income families and other target groups”.
Ofsted ‘The Pupil Premium’ September 2012 reference 120197.
At Ravensmead experience tells us that it is not only low income family children who may be perceived as deprived, however, it is incumbent on schools to ensure that this significant amount of additional funding is utilised for the benefit of the pupils who themselves are seen to generate the money.
Speech and Language therapy
Liz Parkes has been working with us since March one day a week. We have super results through this intervention, improving speech and language in our school. Not only has Liz worked with our children but training staff too.
Liz Parkes – Speech therapist
I’ve been qualified as a speech and language for 18 years now and have always specialised in working with children, firstly for the NHS in Manchester and then moving to New Zealand to work in Education with an Early Intervention Team. I returned to the UK and the NHS in 2007, working locally in Newcastle and the Staffordshire Moorlands. I set up “Talk Matters” 12 months ago, to offer an alternative way for schools and parents to access speech and language therapy services. I’ve been working one day a week with the dedicated staff and hardworking pupils at Ravensmead since March this year, supporting those children who need some extra help with communication skills. I look forward to continuing over the coming academic year. For more information about Talk Matters and the services I offer, you can visit www.tmslt.co.uk.
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