“Mayfield School is committed to ensuring equality of provision throughout the school community. Our equality objectives for 2020/22 are:
- Actively promote inclusion, equality and diversity through the school’s taught and untaught curriculum, provision and practice;
- Undertake an audit of inclusion, equality and diversity across the school to highlight areas of strength and gaps in curriculum, provision and practice;
- Through the Headteacher’s report, governors to receive regular updates on the how identified gaps are closed;
- Set challenging goals for the recruitment of a diverse staff and governing body based on the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.
The aim of the above objectives is to ensure that:
- Prejudice is always challenged;
- Tolerance is always promoted;
- Cultural appreciation is always shared;
And that Mayfield is seen as a beacon school with respect to equality, diversity and inclusion.”
Mayfield School has developed a number of policies and procedures to ensure all our students are safe and confident at school.
Pupil Premium funding makes a difference
The Pupil Premium was introduced to provide additional funding for schools to support children from low-income families and children whose parents are in the armed forces. Schools receive additional funding for students who fall into the following categories:
- Students who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) or have had FSM in the past 6 years
- Students whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces or were recorded as being in the forces in the past 4 years
- Students who have been "looked after" at any stage in the last year
- Students who have been adopted from Local Authority care
Pupil Premium support has seen the gaps in achievement between potentially disadvantaged students and their peers narrow. The school is constantly reviewing how it spends the Pupil Premium Grant to diminish the differences for disadvantaged children. Further details of how Mayfield School allocated its Pupil Premium grant and the impact of this funding are shown in our 2020-21 Pupil Premium Report:
We need your help to ensure that we are able to keep receiving this funding and continue to make a difference.
- Are you currently serving the Armed Forces? If so, please can you inform the school by emailing Mrs Anders, Assistant Headteacher, at the school on [email protected]
- Do you think that you may be entitled to Free School Meals? The current eligibility criteria for Free School Meals and the application form are available on our website. The form is quick to complete and you get a reply quickly.
Applying for Free School Meals does not mean that your child has to take them every day - they can still bring a packed lunch if they wish – but it does ensure that the school will continue to receive this additional funding. Further information about Free School Meals and completed applications can be returned to Mrs Hamilton in the School Office or by email to [email protected]
Service Pupil Premium
What is the Service Pupil Premium?
The Department for Education introduced the Service Pupil Premium (SPP) in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant.
State schools, academies and free schools in England, which have children of service families in school years Reception to Year 11, can receive the SPP funding. It is designed to assist the school in providing the additional support that these children may need and is currently worth £300 per service child who meets the eligibility criteria.
Pupils attract the SPP if they meet the following criteria:
- one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
- they have been registered as a ‘service child’ in the school census at any point since 2011
- one of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme
The purpose of the Service Pupil Premium
Eligible schools receive the SPP so that they can offer mainly pastoral support during challenging times and to help mitigate the negative impact on service children of family mobility or parental deployment.
Mobility is when a service family is posted from one location to another, including overseas and within the UK.
Deployment is when a service person is serving away from home for a period of time. This could be a 6 to 9-month tour of duty, a training course or an exercise which could last for a few weeks.
How Service Pupil Premium differs from the Pupil Premium
The SPP is there for schools to provide mainly pastoral support for service children, whereas the Pupil Premium was introduced to raise attainment and accelerate progress within disadvantaged groups. Several members of staff have received additional training to help them meet the specific needs of service children.
Other support for service children and their families
There are also national and local networks available to provide support to service children and their families. Links to some of these networks are shown below:
Following the first lockdown in June 2020, the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID19). This is especially important for the most vulnerable pupils and pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds who we know have been most affected. Mayfield School was allocated £113,700 from this fund for the academic year 2020-21.
This funding was used in the following ways:
- To employ an additional SEN Teacher to deliver 1-to-1 and small group interventions for pupils in our Senior Section
- To extend the school day for Year 4, 5 and 6 till 4.30pm on one day per week
- To employ an additional 0.5 FTE Year 2 teacher so that our KS1 Reading Lead can deliver high-quality reading interventions across the Key Stage
- To deliver a programme of Extra-Curricular Catch-up clubs across all phases of the school
What this involved
Evidence of Impact
Additional SEN teacher in Seniors
This colleague was based in the Aspire Unit, working with small groups and individual pupils
Extending the Primary School Day for Year 4, 5 and 6
When KS2 pupils returned to school in September 2020, it was clear that they had substantial gaps in their Maths knowledge from the lockdown period. We therefore introduced an additional Maths lesson on one afternoon per week by extending the school day.
Literacy interventions in Key Stage 1
When KS1 pupils returned to school in March 2021, our Reading Lead worked across the phase on staff training and small group interventions to ensure that lost learning on Phonics was quickly made up. There was also a Booster Group for Year 2 children to ensure that they still were able to achieve GDS after all of the disruption to normal learning. All staff in EYFS and KS1 were trained to deliver Prosidy Reading Sessions and there was team teaching of these sessions in Year 1 to model best practice.
In our Year 2 Booster Group, 9 out of the 10 pupils achieved Greater Depth Standard for Reading and Writing.
There was a group of 13 Year 2 who needed to retake their Phonics Screening at the end of the summer term, having missed the threshold in November. All of these children made accelerated progress from their starting points at the end of the March lockdown and 9 were able to meet the threshold.
|Extra-Curricular Catch-up Clubs||Throughout the 2020-21 academic year, each teacher delivered a 1 hour after school club to support re-engagement and catch-up after the first lockdown.||This programme was successful in the first term, but the second lockdown in the spring term meant a return to remote education and the suspension of our in-school Extra-Curricular catch-up clubs.|
Useful Information SEN
National Changes to SEN:
The Learning Support department at Mayfield is committed to supporting students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/ or disabilities. This includes students with Learning Difficulties, Specific Learning difficulties including dyslexia, the Autistic Spectrum, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment and those with Social Emotional and Behavioural difficulties. Mayfield is a CReSTeD (Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils) school. This registration means that as a school we are able to offer a thoughtful programme of additional support for our dyslexic students. We have a designated member of the Inclusion team who is responsible for screening students who may have dyslexia.
Students’ needs are assessed through a range of testing procedures including reading, writing and spelling. We use information from junior schools, staff referrals, student referrals, parents/carers and from advisory teachers to ensure support and provision is in place.
All students identified with SEN are included in our SEN register as SEN Support and those with a Statement of need or Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) in line with the SEN Code of Practice.
Appropriate provision is put in place according to the individual need of the students. Students identified as needing SEN support and those with a Statement / EHCP of SEN will have either an Individual Education Plan (IEP) Individual Behaviour Plan (IBP) or a Pastoral Support Plan(PSP). These Plans are reviewed regularly.
Students with EHCP's are supported in line with the objectives of their plan and these are reviewed at least annually. This could include, in class support, small group work and in some cases one to one work with a Learning Support Assistant away from the classroom.
We have a highly experienced and dedicated team that can support the wide range of students with SEN.
For more information regarding SEND please contact Mayfield's SENCO, Mrs E. Anders, on [email protected]
If you have any concerns about SEND issues, please refer to our SENCO Mrs Anders, or to the school's complaints policy which can be found here.