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Welcome to Lydgate Junior School.

We aim to ensure that all children receive a high quality, enjoyable and exciting education.

We feel that our school is a true reflection of the community we serve. Lydgate children are well motivated and come from a range of social and cultural backgrounds. Within the school community we appreciate the richness of experience that the children bring to school. This enhances the learning experiences of everyone and it also gives all pupils the opportunity to develop respect and tolerance for each other by working and playing together. We want your child's time at Lydgate to be memorable for the right reasons - that is, a happy, fulfilling and successful period of his/her childhood.

Yours sincerely,
Stuart Jones

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Welcome to Year 3!

The Y3 teachers are Mrs Dutton & Mrs de Brouwer (3D/dB), Miss Hayden (3RH), Mrs Holden (3SH) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have several Teaching Assistants who work with Y3 children at different times through the week: Miss Mahon, Mr Bartholomew, Mrs Dawes and Miss Kania.

We will use this blog to keep you up-to-date with all the exciting things that we do in Year 3, share some of the things that the children learn and show you some of their fantastic work. We hope you enjoy reading it!

The Y3 team.

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Welcome to the Y4 blog. 

The Y4 team consists of the following teachers: Mrs Purdom in Y4JP, Mrs Smith and Mrs Smith (yes, that's right) in Y4SS, Mrs Wymer in Y4CW and Mrs Drury in Y4JD. The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mrs Proctor, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Mulqueen, Mrs Allen, Mrs Hill and Mr Gartrell. We have help from Ms Reasbeck, Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley too. What a team!

We know that the question children are mostly asked when they arrive home is 'What did you do today?' The response is often 'nothing'! Well, here is where you can find out what 'nothing' looks like. In our weekly blogs your children will share with you what they have been getting up to and show some of the wonderful work they have been doing. Check in each weekend for our latest news.

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Welcome to the Year 5 Blog page.

The Year 5 teaching team consists of: Mrs Loosley (5NL), Miss Cunningham (5EC),  Mrs Ridsdale and Mrs Webb (5W/R) and Mr Bradshaw (5BB).  The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mr Swain, Mr Jenkinson, Mrs Hornsey and Mrs Allen. We have help from Mr Jones, Miss Lee, Ms Grimsley and Ms Reasbeck too. What a fantastic team!

Our PE days are Tuesday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor): the children need to wear their PE kits for school on those days. 

Spellings are sent home every Monday, to learn ready for a spelling dictation each Friday. 

Homework books (maths and SPaG) will be sent home once a week - the days will be decided by the class teachers who will let their classes know. They will have a whole week to complete the homework tasks. 

In our weekly blogs, the children will share some of the things they have been doing at school. Check in each weekend for the latest Y5 news!

The Year 5 Team

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We are the children in Y6 at Lydgate Junior School. There are 120 of us and our teachers are: Mrs Shaw and Mrs Watkinson (Y6S/W); Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (Y6R/J); Mrs Phillips (Y6CP); and Miss Norris (Y6HN). Also teaching in Year 6 are: Miss Lee (Thursday in Y6R/J); Mrs Farrell (Thursday  in Y6HN); Mrs Grimsley (Thursday in Y6CP); and Mr Jones (Thursday inY6S/W).We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Hill, Mrs Mulqueen and Mr Gartrell. We use this space to share all of the great things that are happening in our classrooms. Join us each week on our learning journey....

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15 Aug 2020

School funding plan 'benefits wealthier pupils most'

[Change of direction in purpose of writing this particular blog post]

I was going to write about plans for the next stage of implementing the National Funding Formula by describing some of the reaction, as covered on the bbc website:

We are at least a full year away from the direct funding system that still seems to be in favour – where central (national) government chooses the funding level for all schools and simply sends each that much per pupil (the bigger the school the bigger the income (plus pupil premium)). What is coming in next is an increase in overall funding per pupil, but still streamed through the local authorities. There are strict areas where the LAs can vary a local formula to then allocate to schools, but with very little freedom in fact.

There seems to be some concern following a report from the Education Policy Institute

that shows the next version of the NFF will benefit schools in more advantaged areas than those in more disadvantaged areas. Subsequent coverage is, slightly, suggesting that well-off pupils are getting more, but this disguises the massive gap already in place; schools in disadvantaged areas get MASSIVELY more money those in advantage.

An example – Funding per pupil at Lydgate Junior School in 2017 was £3,707, the Sheffield Primary School mean was £4,474, and the non-London Primary School mean was £4,763. To bring LJS to the LA mean we would need an extra £770 per pupil, or about £350,000 per year (equal to one sixth of our overall budget).

A comparison then, with a local school but one in a disadvantaged context, of similar size and key stage: as above LJS = £3,707 per pupil, while Marlcliffe Primary (in Middlewood) = £4,177 per pupil, and Sharrow N, I & J (in Sharrow) = £5,373.

Sharrow School gets (and likely needs) £1,666 more than our school per pupil, per year (or £800,000 in total, some 43% of our budget).

Schools that have a higher level of disadvantaged pupils get funded more.

But the national picture is not as simple or plain – the implementation of the formula is also to get rid of countrywide disparity that has a school in Manchester funded more than a school in Barnsley despite them being seemingly identical in every way. Sheffield is, historically and horribly, funded less than most major (core) cities and so its schools receive their share of less, each getting less regardless of the level of disadvantage.

I wasn’t going to focus on the process – I wanted to focus on ignorance. The bbc website had a HYS (have Your Say) on this topic, and this is where misunderstanding and misinterpretation shows through. This was one post:

75. Posted by PresidentWPM

On 8 Aug 2020 12:43

I think that the Government funds schools in affluent area more than schools in poorer areas is because performance in affluent schools is greater than in poorer schools

The less money you invest in poorer schools, the poorer their performance. The only way to solve this conundrum is to actively solve it not just throw money at it or, in this case, spend less on underperforming schools.

This is what gets me – people have opinions on topics based on completely false impressions and understandings. They will campaign and vote based on these totally false assumptions, assumptions that are diametrically opposite to the truth! I cannot say I am whelmed by the lack of basic understanding being shown by those joining the discussion.

Lydgate Junior School, a school in an affluent area (and one that does very well, thank you) gets funded far, far, far less than any in a ‘poorer’ area. It would appear we cannot reasonably expect the public to understand – this is perhaps why we should leave decisions to experts, scientists and professionals?