Pat Webb shows you how SIMS can help identify learning barriers and track your support strategies.
Full video transcript:
Hello. Today I’m going to show you some of the ways in which you can use SIMS to support your work with pupil premium students.
One of the things you’ll be considering is which of your strategies you wish to use as early interventions with your younger pupils and which you’ll be wishing to use as pupils approach statutory assessments.
It’s really useful to know how many students you have in each year group who are pupil premium.
What I’m going to do, really quickly and easily, using discover is to pull through information about the numbers of students in each year group, and then click, drag and drop the pupil premium so that I can see the number of children in each year group. That will inform the decisions about where I want to spend some of my interventions funding.
Another thing for consideration, will be the barriers to learning for pupil premium children and research tells us that some of these children have few opportunities for social and educational interaction outside school, so you may wish to provide a programme of enrichment for those children.
One of the ways in which their poor social skills may manifest, is in the behaviour incidents that they are involved in. So I can pull through some information about behaviour incidents of pupils, and I can look to see how many of those might be pupil premium children. So, I’m going to create a simple venn so the overlap of those two areas shows me that I have 103 pupil premium children with poor behaviour.
One of the other things that I might want to do, is to have a look at attainment in speaking and listening skills. I could do that by looking under my assessment tab; I could look at my early years attainment , I could look at key stage attainment or I could look at other assessments I am tracking between key stages.
I’m going to pull down my key stage 1 information, and I can see here now the children who haven’t done well in speaking and listening. So I can pull that accross on to my venn diagram and have a look at how many children have both behaviour and speaking and listening communication issues, and therefore they may be the ones I want to put my enrichment activities in place for.
I can create an intervention group for these children so that I can plan my enrichment activities. I could pull any intersection of the graph across, but I’m going to pull the children with social and behavioural issues. By saving that group as a dynamic group it means that if any other children display the characteristics, they will automatically drop into the group and I will get SIMS alerts telling me that that’s happened.
We know that attendance may also be a barrier for progress for my pupil premium children, so I may also want to look at who the poor attenders are within that group. So, again I’m going to create a venn. Here are the children with high absences, here are my pupil premium children, and I now have a group of children that I may want to have an intervention attendance group for, and in the same way I did that for my last discover group, I can do that for these children too.
One of the things that I want to do is to track the impact of the interventions that I put in place, and remember that children may fall into more than one interventions group. Now, in SIMS, I can start to look at some of the information.
Here I have on of my tracking sheets and I can very quickly and easily look at the progress of children and then drill down into those discover groups that I created. So, here’s my social skills group, maybe a literacy support group, maybe my poor attenders and have a look at the progress that those children are making.
I can also setup my homepage in such a way that I can create graphs for particular groups of children, so here I have attendance for the whole school, but what I may want to do is look at attendance for one of those intervention groups. So I again can select my discover groups and choose the group that might be appropriate.
Remember too, that there is a school report that will pull through for you, information about pupil premium children compared with other children in the school whether that’s numbers or progress or attainment. So here’s an example of a school report and you’ll see a lot of information about pupil premium children there in terms of their attendance, their attainment and their progress.
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