All our pupils at Fairfield School have a combination of complex/profound learning and/or medical needs. In our context as a special school where the barriers to pupils’ learning are more complex and profound than social-economic factors, funding is allocated more appropriately by focusing on enabling pupils to access opportunities beyond possibly their normal experiences, developing their social skills, independence and self-esteem.
Fairfield School believes in the importance of meeting the individual needs of every young person through daily teaching and learning opportunities. The academic and social progress of all pupils are a result of quality teaching, high levels of support and experience of staff, and provision which is personalised to meet individual needs. The contribution in terms of staffing, provision and resources, in addition to quality teaching, enables our pupils entitled to pupil premium to further develop and succeed.
Funding is used to enhance staffing and provision across school to provide quality teaching and support within positive learning environments. The objectives for pupil premium funding is to:
- enhance communication skills and social experiences
- raise pupil attainment, achievements and experiences
- develop pupil confidence and self-esteem
Smaller classes with higher staffing ratios (1 teacher and at least three support staff) enable targeted and focused support to be given to each pupil to maximise pupil learning opportunities.