This pupils’ making good progress in writing and

This case study will explore the development of two
seven-year-old children, in Year 2, over an eight-week period during the second
half of the Autumn Term. The children’s names are confidential and they will be
known as Child 1 and Child 2 throughout this study. The two children attend a
three-form entry infant school, located in the heart of Portsmouth. With 255
pupils, the school was awarded ‘Good’ across all areas by Ofsted in January
2015 (“Ofsted Report”, 2015).

Looking at schools’ performance data is often the starting
point in the school improvement cycle. According to the most recent Ofsted inspection, the pupils’ attainment
is average by the end of Year 2, with pupils’ making good progress in writing
and mathematics, and excellent progress in reading (“Ofsted Report”, 2015). The Key Stage 1 (KS1) School provides
additional provisions to those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
(SEND) (“Special Educational
Needs”, 2017). With this local
offer in place, the school has a wide and balanced curriculum which is
differentiated to meet individual needs (“Special Educational Needs”, 2017). Also noted on the Ofsted report (“Ofsted Report”, 2015) is that the proportion of disabled pupils and those
with special educational needs supported at school is above average. The school
ensures that there is equal opportunity for all members of the school community
and any barriers to learning are reduced or removed (“Ofsted Report”, 2015). There is a below average proportion of
pupils from minority ethnic groups. The proportion of pupils who speak English
as an additional language (13%) is below the National average (19%). According
to Ofsted, a few of these pupils are at an early stage of learning English (“Ofsted Report”, 2015). All national averages (NA) are provided by
the Department for Education (“Schools, pupils and their characteristics”, 2017).

Pupil premium (PP) is additional funding which is allocated to children
from low-income families, who are currently eligible for Free School Meals
(FSM) or have been eligible at any point for the last six years (“Pupil premium: funding and accountability”,
2014). PP is available to those
children in care or have parents in the armed forces (“Pupil premium: funding and accountability”, 2014). This government funded scheme aims to
raise the achievement level in schools, closing the gap between disadvantaged
pupils and their peers (“Pupil
premium: funding and accountability”, 2014). In 2016 – 17, the Portsmouth-based school was given Pupil Premium funding
of £95,060 and currently 28% of children on roll are supported, which is higher
than the national average (25.05%) (“School data – Pupil Premium”, 2017).
See Figure 1 for Pupil Premium statistics from the school website.