The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Coalition Government in January 2011 to improve educational outcomes for our most disadvantaged students. The government gives additional funds for each student receiving Free School Meals (FSM), registered Looked After Children (LAC) and any child who has been in receipt of Free School Meals in the last six years (known as Ever6 FSM). In addition to these groups, a lesser sum is given for children with parents in the Armed Forces.
At John Mason School we are committed to ensuring Pupil Premium students have the same high aspirations and opportunities to enable them to exceed their potential. We have a dedicated member of staff, Ms Uzzell, who, as Pupil Premium Co-ordinator, is working with all members of school to ensure Pupil Premium students achieve outcomes in line with, or exceeding students not in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding. We will continue to use the Pupil Premium funding to support students to raise standards of attainment and progress, improve attendance and attitude to learning. John Mason School bases its strategies for the use of Pupil Premium funding on the findings of The Sutton Trust, latest Pupil Premium research and has visited Maiden Erlegh School in Reading, winner of the Pupil Premium regional awards for two years running to share strategies.
The funding has been used in a number of different areas, including but not limited to:
• Staffing for Tuition, Interventions and Mentoring - To support students with 1:1 tuition in subjects and intervention programmes, such as reading buddies, to support rapid progress;
• Staffing in Student Support – To provide additional staffing which supports students’ attendance, self-esteem and attitudes to learning;
• A bursary for each student – To allow students to buy resources to support learning, such as equipment, calculators, dictionaries, and revision materials.
• Trips subsidy – To allow students to access the full range of school trips, including the Welsh Farm Y8 residential.
• Breakfast Club – To provide a free breakfast for disadvantaged students.
• Summer school and transition TEA (Thursday Enrichment Activities) to support successful Year 6 induction with accelerated progress in literacy.
• Chromehome scheme – To provide access to IT and the internet
In term 1, for each new student, a review takes place in order to assess their needs and plan a personalised provision to support their school experience.
If your son/daughter does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family's income level, please do contact us (in confidence) to register. Even if you do not wish him/her to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child.
To register your son/daughter for Free School Meals, please contact Student Support Services in the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details about the Pupil Premium please visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/p...