Use of CLA Funding and its impact

Use of Children Looked After*(CLA) funding and its impact 2016-17.

Round Oak School allocates its CLA funding to all students eligible according to its policy. The major focus of the money is giving students the life chances that they would not normally have due to their life situation.

The fund supports additional staffing to ensure pupils and carers are supported and have a key member of staff for information and guidance.

 Main barriers to educational achievement:

  • Low aspiration

  • Special educational needs

  • Low self esteem

  • Low self confidence

The family liaison officer works proactively so that she is able to offer support even if it hasn’t been asked for. She supports parents to access school functions such as transition events and coffee mornings, assists in the completion of paperwork, obtaining benefits advice and completes applications for additional funding from voluntary bodies such as charities for individual pieces of equipment for thehome.

The pupil support officer’s prime role is to ensure that all students have the opportunities they need to make a smooth transition not to become NEETS. She offers careers advice and guidance, attends all Annual Reviews of CLA funded students and works closely with the Family Liaison officer to ensure continuity of provision.

Teaching Assistant time is used to support all students in class rooms giving a high level of support.

The School Nurse keeps an overview of CLA funded students and ensures regular contact with them and/or their families.

Residential trips and after school clubs are part of the core of Round Oak School.  We believe that these activities develop very important aspects of PSD, self confidence and raises self esteem.  We believe that every student respective of their background should be able to have these opportunities and CLA funding helps us to achieve this. The benefit of these activities can be widely seen across the school. Barriers to transportation home from clubs has traditionally been a barrier to accessing after school activities. With the aid of CLA funding we have been able to transport 6 students home who would not normally be able to take part.

Pupil Progress

A new assessment tool has been purchased to enable even clearer mapping of pupil progress. There is no gap between Students in receipt of CLA funding and other non CLA students (for last 4 years).

We judge this as outstanding as the progress across the curriculum of disadvantaged students, disabled students and those with special educational needs currently on roll matches or is improving towards that of other students with the same starting points.

E-peps

The new pastoral hub enables a closer view of the pastoral and academic progress of each CLA. E-peps are managed closely and organised in a timely manner. The meetings provide a forum for discussion with all involved parties about how CLA funding should be deployed for each individual student. This enables the school to meet the students individual needs.

 

*As a result of a survey carried out by Warwickshire County Council, 'Looked After Children' (LAC) asked to be known as 'Children Looked After' (CLA), so to comply with County Policy and the wishes of these children, we use CLA in this website.