Greenfields Primary School
Greenfields flips learning on its head!
Case study by Claire Tyrell-Smith.
Tell us about your school
Greenfields Primary School is an average sized primary school of 347 children, which has grown steadily in the last 4 years from 145 children. It is sited on a small, densely populated housing estate within a fairly affluent ward of St Michael's and Wicksteed in Kettering. The immediate neighbourhood is characterised by deprivation, most notably in employment, health and education (6% most disadvantaged – 2011 census -www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk). There are relatively few work opportunities on the estate, other than in the primary school and in day care settings, or in the local care home, which is adjacent to the school. The majority of the children attending Greenfields Primary School are drawn from the immediate area, of whom 38% are in receipt of Pupil Premium (PP) – our budget for 2016/17 is £150,343.00.
The school has a higher than average safeguarding and prevention caseload: 18 families are subject to a CP/CIN/Early Help and Prevention Plan (36 children, all PP), 11 families are supported in-house with an Early Help and Assessment Plan (17 children), 4 Look-After Children, currently. In-house support (lunchtime clubs and individual therapy) covers approximately 100 identified children. Some of our most disadvantaged children have been identified as CP or CIN for the entirety of their lives. As such, some of our most vulnerable children are from families who are mistrustful of authority and are alienated from mainstream society.
The identified barriers and challenges for our children are:
• Poor speaking, listening and communication skills on entry into EYFS
• More able Pupil Premium children do not achieve as well as their non-PP
• Peers PP children’s well-being is poor (including their mental health) and the households in which they live have poor aspirations and employment rates are low. Many families face generational unemployment
• PP children’s attendance rates are traditionally not as high as their non-PP peers at Greenfields Primary School (6.1% of children identified as persistently absent were PP children in 2015/2016
What did you do to create such notable success with the pupil premium?
We are passionate about making a positive change to children’s lives, particularly the most disadvantaged children, by providing them with outstanding learning experiences. We all share the belief that our children learn best whilst having fun, and work hard as a team to create a dynamic learning environment.
We are committed to ensuring every child reaches their full academic and social potential. We make no excuses about being ambitious on our children’s behalf!
Amongst the many and varied approaches we have found have been impactful at Greenfields:
• 1:1 tuition for PP children delivered by qualified teachers using gap analysis and bespoke programme.
• PiXL programme (1 x 0.6 class teacher, 1 x FTE TA) to close gaps in knowledge and skills for identified children in Y6
• Big Maths training across school to improve all children’s arithmetic skills, with ‘keep up’ boosters for PP children to secure ARE and greater depth
• Extend Family Support Worker role by 3 to 6 days total per week to encompass family support and intervention work, not just statutory work
• P/T office member of staff employed to monitor pupils and follow up quickly on absences/hold parent contract meeting for persistent non-attenders
• Weekly small group sessions in maths for high attaining pupils with experienced teacher, in addition to standard lessons.
• Maths Champions developed across the school to coach other children
• Extend PiXL to include Y5 and 4 PP children
• Commission top-up Speech and Language Therapy services from the NHS to provide in-house therapeutic support, and staff training, for children with identified Speech and Language Difficulties in EYFS and KS1. Staff training on developing communication and language in targeted teaching for children at risk of not achieving ARE in S&L
By far the most immediately impactful of our new schemes, however, has been an ‘accidental’ initiative that has grown from welcoming EYFS parents into the setting for weekly ‘Early Doors’ to support their children’s learning by showing what the children would be learning next, to a full roll out across the school this year. Every class has a class meeting with parents on a Friday afternoon, which allows the teachers to model the new learning they will be introducing the following week. But the ‘magic’ is not in the meeting itself, it is in each unique video that every teacher makes for their class and uploads onto their own class channel for the children and families to access from home. Christened ‘Flipping Greenfields’, the scheme allows for all children, especially PP children, SEND, EAL children and also those children wishing to ‘master’ their classroom subjects to learn the basics in their own time, to revisit and practise skills (without the awkwardness of asking ‘a thousand times’) and to practise the new vocabulary that the teacher will be using. After only a term of consistent usage in the classrooms and in homes, the children are already demonstrating increased confidence as they ‘hit the ground running’ on a Monday morning, ready, prepped and eager to learn.
PP at Greenfields shows the most impact when it is focussed on raising the standard of quality first teaching for all children across the school (with approaches such as Big Maths and Read Write Inc); with dedicated targeted approaches such as PIXL in Years 5 and 6 and with highly bespoke services such as Speech and Language. The most striking evidence of impact is in Year 6, where a consistent, bespoke approach has led to PP children achieving a combined SATs percentage (71%) that is higher than ‘all children’ nationally.
What next for your pupil premium strategy?
The number 1 key priority for the school is to continue to narrow the gap between PP children and all children across all year groups, so that the gap is minimal towards the end of Key Stage 2, allowing us to address the needs of the higher achieving PP children. As Flipping Greenfields grows and develops, clearly ensuring equality of access and ensuring that all members of the school community are technologically fluent.
Sharing good practice
Across the David Ross Education Trust, other school have celebrated Greenfields’ success. DHT has recently hosted a session with colleagues from secondary and primary DRET schools. The award made the local press and has been communicated via Twitter and the DRET news website.
Winning the Award
Winning the award has helped everyone understand the incredible impact of our Pupil Premium ethos, and challenge everyone to achieve even more for our PP pupils!
Get in touch
Please contact the school office: firstname.lastname@example.org