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. In 2014/2015 we have a dedicated member of staff, Ms Batcheldor, who, as Director of Learning Pupil Premium, 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. The funding has been used in a number of different areas, including but not limited to:
• Tuition - To increase staffing for specialist interventions especially in English and Mathematics. We have increased provision in Year 7 interventions in literacy and numeracy.
• Support staff – To provide staffing in The Student Support Centre which supports students’ attendance, self-esteem and attitudes to learning. To increase staffing to run our after-school homework club, learning café and specialist reading interventions.
• Interventions & keyworkers – 1:1 tuition, Assessment for learning resources and INSET for staff, reading interventions through the Learning Support Faculty, revision sessions for students, 1:1 mathematics support, alternative college provision.
• Ensuring all students have equal access and opportunities to take part in wider John Mason Life (e.g. school trips, educational visits and support extra-curricular activities) which some students would otherwise not be able to afford.
• Providing a free breakfast for students eligible for Free School Meals (late September start)
• Providing resources such as revision materials which would otherwise pose a barrier to learning.
• Providing a summer school to support successful Year 6 induction with accelerated progress in literacy.
In term 1, for each 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...