Policies

 

Hamilton School Policy for Pupil Premium

This money is used to support the overarching mission of the school which is to be ‘a great school where people work together to transform lives’.  All of our students face a level of disadvantage in terms of their disability and will also benefit from this funding as well as those technically eligible for pupil premium funding. 

It is not as simple as saying that one intervention will always directly link to one outcome and in order to improve things many different interventions come together.  The funding is proving to be invaluable and having a positive impact on our students in a number of ways.
 

In the financial Year 2020-21, the school received £104,910

This was an extraordinary year due to the pandemic and money had to be spent very creatively and effectively to help with the huge challenges that many of our students and families faced.

The focus on expenditure was as follows:

  • The employment of a Pastoral Manager (seconded to Safeguarding Co-ordinator) (5 days a week) to further develop links between the home and the school in order to enhance the learning of the students alongside providing a huge range of wider support
  • Employing an Inclusion Manager to enhance our work with families and the wider development of our students
    This cost £74,142.00
  • We continue to employ a senior Occupational Therapist (OT) for one day a week to work with all staff and directly with targeted students in order to improve engagement and learning.  We have also employed an additional OT to work with us at certain times.  We have had a number of OT placement students working in school to increase capacity and created more dedicated sessions for students
  • We have employed a Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) for two days a week to work with all staff and directly with targeted students in order to improve communication skills.
  • We ran our own programme for targeted families. This cost £30,720
  • We have purchased a range of resources to support the work of the OT including specialist classroom chairs that enable movement.
  • As part of our own ‘local offer’, targeted funding to support extended schooling provision for those eligible students who are currently not accessing activities outside of school time.  The purchase of resources for use by  students at home and various resources like chewees and back packs for use by families at home. This cost £779.71

The total spend was £105,641.71 which used  last year’s carry forward.

In the financial Year 2019-20, the school received £93,720

The focus on expenditure was as follows:

  • The employment of a Pastoral Manager (5 days a week) to further develop links between the home and the school in order to enhance the learning of the students.
  • Employing an Inclusion Manager (2 days a week comes from this budget)
  • Increasing capacity in terms of literacy and the development of phonics and reading schemes especially for our more able students. (4 days a week of a teaching assistant specialising in English and Maths)
  • Additional, but flexible use of staffing, to support 1:1 interventions in specific areas of English and Maths.
    This cost £58,142.95
  • We continue to employ a senior Occupational Therapist (OT) for one day a week to work with all staff and directly with targeted students in order to improve engagement and learning.  We have also employed an additional OT to work with us at certain times.  We have had a number of OT placement students working in school to increase capacity and created more dedicated sessions for students
  • We have employed a Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) for two days a week to work with all staff and directly with targeted students in order to improve communication skills.
  • We have employed a Clinical Psychologist for one day a week to work with all staff to help us to improve the emotional wellbeing of all of our students.  She will also work closely with targeted students and their families.
  • We ran our own Cygnet programme for targeted families
  • Increasing the amount of workshops for parents so as to develop a consistency of approaches between home and school.
    This cost £33,450
  • We have purchased a range of resources to support the work of the OT including specialist classroom chairs that enable movement. 
  • As part of our own ‘local offer’, targeted funding to support extended schooling provision for those eligible students who are currently not accessing activities outside of school time.  The purchase of an additional iPad for use by a student at home and various resources like chewees and back packs for use by families at home.
  • We also supported a student to access school when her City Council transport was withdrawn.
    This cost £2,126.39

The total spend was £93,719.34 which used some of last year’s carry forward so we now have £309 to carry forward to 2020-2021

In the financial Year 2018-19, the school received £85,800

The focus on expenditure was as follows:

  • The employment of a Pastoral Manager (4 days a week) to further develop links between the home and the school in order to enhance the learning of the students.
  • Employing a Pastoral Support Worker for 2 days a week
  • Increasing capacity in terms of literacy and the development of phonics and reading schemes especially for our more able students.
  • Additional, but flexible use of staffing, to support 1:1 interventions in specific areas of literacy and numeracy.
    This cost £50,566.80
  • We have employed an Occupational Therapist (OT) for one day a week to work with all staff and directly with targeted students in order to improve engagement and learning.  We have had a number of OT placement students working in school to increase capacity and created more dedicated sessions for students
  • We have employed a Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) for two days a week to work with all staff and directly with targeted students in order to improve communication skills. 
  • We have employed a Clinical Psychologist for one day a week to work with all staff to help us to improve the emotional wellbeing of all of our students.  She will also work closely with targeted students and their families.
  • Provide group and individual sessions (with targeted students) with a Dance Movement Psychotherapist
  • We run our own Cygnet programme for targeted families
  • Increasing the amount of workshops for parents so as to develop a consistency of approaches between home and school.
    This cost £36,371
  • We have purchased a range of resources to support the work of the OT and provide equipment for families.
  • The development of ‘Hamilton Hive’ to enhance our provision in the area of sensory needs.
  • The purchase of additional iPad’s
  • As part of our own ‘local offer’, targeted funding to support extended schooling provision for those eligible students who are currently not accessing activities outside of school time.
  • Funding to support access to our extensive range of holiday activities and residentials.
  • Fruit and drinks for some students to have a positive impact on health and learning and PE kit and uniform where needed.
    This cost £1046.96

The total spend was £87,984.76 which used some of last year’s carry forward so we now have £308 to carry forward to 2019-20

In the financial Year 2017-18, the school received £81,840

The focus on expenditure was as follows:

  • The employment of a Pastoral Manager (4 days a week) to further develop links between the home and the school in order to enhance the learning of the students.
  • Employing a Pastoral Support Worker for 2 days a week
  • Increasing the amount of workshops for parents so as to develop a consistency of approaches between home and school.
  • We have employed an Occupational Therapist (OT) for one day a week to work with all staff and directly with targeted students in order to improve engagement and learning.
  • We have purchased a range of resources to support the work of the OT.
  • The development of ‘Hamilton Hive’ to enhance our provision in the area of sensory needs.
  • The development of the 'Lilypad' to support sensory needs
  • We have employed a Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) for one day a week to work with all staff and directly with targeted students in order to improve communication skills.  We will seek to increase this provision to 2 days a week as our student numbers have grown considerably.
  • We have employed a Clinical Psychologist for one day a week to work with all staff to help us to improve the emotional wellbeing of all of our students.  She will also work closely with targeted students and their families.
  • Provide group and individual sessions (with targeted students) with a Dance Movement Psychotherapist
  • We run our own Cygnet programme for targeted families
  • Increasing capacity in terms of literacy and the development of phonics and reading schemes especially for our more able students.
  • Additional, but flexible use of staffing, to support 1:1 interventions in specific areas of literacy and numeracy.
  • The purchase of additional iPad’s so that every class has access to a number of iPad’s to support learning.
  • As part of our own ‘local offer’, targeted funding to support extended schooling provision for those eligible students who are currently not accessing activities outside of school time.
  • Funding to support access to our extensive range of holiday activities.
  • Fruit and drinks for some students to have a positive impact on health and learning.

In terms of data analysis there is very little difference between the progress made by the students who are eligible for the funding and those who are not.  We are striving for all students to make great progress in a range of areas.  Students are benefiting from a wider range of experiences both inside and outside of school.  The funding is playing a significant part in improving the quality of our provision and learning.  We track, at individual student level, how students are benefitting from the range of expenditure. 

Our SEF (in the policies and information section of our website) gives further details

Hamilton School Policy for Sport Premium

Access to sport and physical activity can be very challenging for our students and families.  There is a lot of evidence about the importance of exercise for students with autism in terms of lowering stress levels and hence improving learning.  We are aiming to improve fitness levels, increase participation rates and also help to develop hobbies and activities that can be developed outside of the home and involve other family members

It is not as simple as saying that one intervention will always directly link to one outcome and in order to improve things many different interventions come together.  The funding is proving to be invaluable and having a positive impact on our students in a number of ways. 

For the financial Year 2020-21 the school received £17,137

The ongoing pandemic has had a huge impact on our sporting provision with many of our long established, and regular activities, being postponed.  This contributed to a larger carry forward from 2019/20 (£9666.00).  We have developed more creative plans and are keen to resume our work with partners when it is considered appropriate 

The focus of expenditure was on the following areas:

We have a formal partnership agreement with The Albion Foundation which continues to have a positive impact on both parties and has doubled the amount of PE support that we provide. It also supports after school provision on Friday afternoons for those who need it.
We now also work with The Aston Villa Foundation and this has helped mitigate some of the adverse effects of us not being able to take the students out to organised activities.

  • Providing for specialist climbing sessions.
  • We have increased our commitment to swimming with the younger students as we feel that there are huge benefits to starting this early rather than wait until Key Stage 2. However the impact was limited due to the pandemic.
  • PE equipment to support provision at social times and during lessons
  • Outdoor games
  • Sport Occupational Therapy

Key Indicators

  • Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity

The Albion Foundation and The Aston Villa Foundation provide specialist PE lessons for every class each week.  This costs a significant of our SP allocation.  The goal this year was to provide activities which every child in school could participate in and this has been achieved.  Other PE sessions are run by staff and to be sustainable we are working with the coaches to up- skill up these staff.  The Aston villa Foundation have provided adaptive physical sporting sessions but also provided sessions to some students in emotional wellbeing and healthy lifestyle as part of the boarder P.E curriculum

  • Profile of PE raised across the school

The school received a Top Cycle Location grant from Birmingham City Council and now has two bicycle shelters and a set of balance bikes.  Three staff regularly cycle into work now.  The staff well being sessions which are held once a half term always have a keep fit element and more staff are recognising the importance of good health and fitness to being well at school, for themselves and the pupils.  We also have Well-life who are working alongside our OT to provide pre-P.E sessions.

  • Increased confidence and knowledge of staff

Shadowing The Albion Foundation staff has led to increased confidence and knowledge.  This happens at the Portway Centre which is a specialist centre for children and young people with SEN.     One teacher is leading on Ready, Set, Ride in partnership with HSBC and British Cycling and this has involved learning new teaching strategies.

Broader range of sports and activities offered
We already provide a wide range of sports and fitness activities.  We have purchased a table tennis table.  We have reviewed using the trampoline park and will find alternatives this year.  The sessions at Portway cover general physical literacy in specialist facilities which offer a safe and stable environment.  There us a life trail, a sensory room, a sports hall, astro turf and soft play facilities. 

Increased participation in competitive sport
This has been largely restricted to in school activities.

 

Income

Expenditure

C/fwd from 19/20

9,666.00

 

20/21 Allocation

17,137.00

 

Albion Foundation

 

7000.00

Aston Villa Foundation

 

1200.00

Climbing

 

132.00

Additional swimming

 

185.44

Sports Occupational Therapy

 

1820.00

Outdoor Games

 

2098.30

Cycling items

 

81.76

Travel to swimming and portway

 

161.66

 

 

 

Sub Total

26.895.00

12.679.16

Carry forward to 2021-22

14.216.00


Swimming and Water safety

It is impossible to accurately predict the level of swimming ability at the school given the very limited amount of formalised sessions that have taken place in recent times.  Our students need a high degree of support for changing at swimming and these conditions are not considered safe enough in terms of managing our response to the pandemic at the moment.

 

For the financial Year 2018-19 the school received £16,975

The focus of expenditure was on the following areas:

We have a formal partnership agreement with The Albion Foundation which is having a positive impact on both parties and has doubled the amount of PE support that we provide. It also supports after school provision on Friday afternoons for those who need it.

  • Providing for specialist climbing sessions.
  • A sports day to which all parents were invited
  • We have increased our commitment to swimming with the younger students as we feel that there are huge benefits to starting this early rather than wait until Key Stage 2.
  • Weekly Gymnastic sessions with a Commonwealth games medal winning coach.
  • Sessions at a trampoline park to ensure that all students are accessing this provision.
  • Forest Schools activities at a local secondary school with extensive grounds
  • PE equipment to support provision at social times and during lessons
  • Cladding for the tricycle shed in the playground

Key Indicators

Engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity

The Albion Foundation provide specialist PE lessons for every class each week.  This costs 26% of our SP allocation.  The goal this year was to provide activities which every child in school could participate in and this has been achieved.  Other PE sessions are run by staff and to be sustainable we are working with The Albion Foundation to skill up these staff.

Profile of PE raised across the school

The school received a Top Cycle Location grant from Birmingham City Council and now has two bicycle shelters and a set of balance bikes.  Three staff regularly cycle into work now.  The staff well being sessions which are held once a half term always have a keep fit element and more staff are recognising the importance of good health and fitness to being well at school, for themselves and the pupils.

Increased confidence and knowledge of staff

Shadowing The Albion Foundation staff has led to increased confidence and knowledge.  This happens at the Portway Centre which is a specialist centre for children and young people with SEN.     One teacher is leading on Ready, Set, Ride in partnership with HSBC and British Cycling and this has involved learning new teaching strategies. We are carrying forward 27% of the allocation for training.

Broader range of sports and activities offered

We already provide a wide range of sports and fitness activities.  We have purchased a table tennis table and will be starting in-school sessions with this.  We have reviewed using the trampoline park and will find alternatives this year.  The sessions at Portway cover general physical literacy in specialist facilities which offer a safe and stable environment.  There us a life trail, a sensory room, a sports hall, astro turf and soft play facilities.  Broadening the range of our sports and fitness activities has cost 47% of our SP allocation.

Increased participation in competitive sport

We held our annual sports day in which students compete against one another, although each student receives a medal.  This year three classes participated in the Albion Foundation Seasonal Sports Festivals which includes Boccia, running races and archery.

  Income Expenditure
C/fwd from 17/18 4107.00  
18/19 Allocation 16975.00  
Albion Foundation   4375.00
Climbing   2720.00
Forest School   1484.61
Additional swimming   2124.15
Trampolining   630.00
Gymnastics   840.00
Cover for trike shed  

465.18

Travel to gymnastics   55.00
Additional equipment   514.00
Sub Total 21082.00 13207.94
Carry forward to 2019-20 7874.06


Swimming and Water safety

Percentage of year 6 that can swim 25m – 17%
Percentage of year 6 that can use a range of strokes – 58%
Percentage of year 6 that can perform safe self-rescue – 42%
The SP has been used to fund swimming for children in KS1 which is over and above the national curriculum requirements.

For the financial Year 2017-18 the school received £8,560

The focus of expenditure was on the following areas:

We now have a formal partnership agreement with The Albion Foundation which is having a positive impact on both parties and has doubled the amount of PE support that we provide. It also supports after school provision on Friday afternoons for those who need it.

  • Providing for specialist climbing sessions at Redpoint Climbing Centre .
  • A sports day to which all parents will be invited
  • We have increased our commitment to swimming with the younger students as we feel that there are huge benefits to starting this early rather than wait until Key Stage 2.
  • Weekly Gymnastic sessions at Birmingham GMAC (Alexander Stadium) with a Commonwealth games medal winning coach.
  • Sessions at a trampoline park to ensure that all students are accessing this provision.
  • Forest Schools activities at Hamstead Hall
  • PE equipment to support provision at social times and during lessons
  • Purchase of bikes, cycling equipment and costs for 'bikeability' training

Impact of the expenditure

The quality of our PE provision has improved as has our provision for physical activity at social times. Staff are more confident in using a range of strategies.  There is more engagement in activities.  Gymnastics sessions have been very successful and parents have been able to build on the progress we have made with the younger students and swimming.  Climbing has been very successful and our work with The Albion Foundation goes from strength to strength.

Admissions

All students at Hamilton School must have a statement of special needs or EHCP whereby ASD is the primary need and which names Hamilton School as their education provider. 

In order to be considered for a place at a special school, children are assessed, in most cases at their mainstream nursery or school, by their teaching staff and an Educational Psychologist. Parents are consulted throughout and their views are carefully considered at all stages of the process. 

If all concerned agree that a place at a special school would be in the best interests of the child, parents are encouraged to come and visit us. A member of staff from Hamilton School may also visit the mainstream setting to observe the child and discuss individual needs. 

The final decision for the child’s placement lies with the SEN assessment service (SENAR). Once a place has been approved, Hamilton School will be named in the child’s statement and an offer letter will be issued by the school. 

The statement of special needs or EHCP is reviewed by parents and the school each year to make sure that the child is still in the correct school and is receiving the most appropriate help and support.

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