Pupil premium

Access technology

Since the introduction of Pupil Premium in March 2013 WESC Foundation to date (January 2018) has received £35,834.69.

In 2017, WESC received a total of £7,530 for eight Devon students.  This money has been used to purchase the various items below:

  • Music therapy sessions
  • Tactile sand
  • Sensory learning toys
  • Rebound training for staff working with learners
  • Equipment and toys adapted to work with switches
  • Switch adapted bubble machine
  • Eye gaze equipment training for staff to use with learners.

Pupil Premium for 2017 has included the training of staff in Rebound therapy and the use of eye gaze equipment with learners who have severe and profound multiple learning difficulties.  In addition, we have been able to supply learners with specifically adapted educational toys and equipment. The adaptations to these items have included using switch technology in order for the visually impaired students to be able to access technology and learning through modified visual and auditory experiences. This has led to students being able to make choices using the switches in cooking, ICT and community pathways sessions, as well as to provide music therapy sessions. All of these adaptations has resulted in higher quality specialist sessions, improved therapy sessions and increased use of eye gaze equipment.

In 2016 £8,165 was received for nine Devon students. Below is a list of just some of the equipment bought in 2016:

  • iPads
  • Communications software
  • Sensory equipment
  • Soundbeam
  • Training of staff in the use of resonance boards for learners.

Pupil Premium for 2015-16 has included expenditure on the training of staff in Soundabout techniques, Soundbeam and the use of iPads with young people with Severe and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. In addition, we have been able to supply individuals with iPads where appropriate and other equipment and software that addresses communication and sensory needs. This has led to diversification in the use of resonance boards, wider ICT options and materials that stimulate the curiosity of individuals and thereby encourage learning.

In 2013/2014/2015 pupil premium was used to purchase various items of equipment which has provided great assistance in developing communication and mobility skills for the learners. All of which contributes to educational attainment as well as providing stimuli for youngsters with a sensory impairment. Items include:

  • Rompa musical positioning cushion
  • Caomaru stress ball
  • Bodysox and weighted blanket
  • Specially adapted tricycle
  • Bagbook story telling session
  • Intel reader
  • iPad with a retina display
  • Kayewalker
  • iTalk 2 communicator
  • iTunes vouchers
  • Talking GPS
  • Big button switches
  • Mobility equipment
  • Various items of sensory and tactile equipment

Regular meetings are held to discuss the various needs of each individual learner and how equipment can benefit them and meet their educational needs.

For further information about the Pupil Premium grant please contact info@wescfoundation.ac.uk.

WESC’s designated teacher for Pupil Premium is Robert Nicholson rnicholson@wescfoundation.ac.uk.