Star Academy – Our provision for children in receipt of Pupil Premium
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 reach their potential. We have a dedicated member of staff, Mrs Hook, who, as Student Support Manager for eligible students, is working with all members of school to ensure these students achieve outcomes in line with, or exceeding students not in receipt in of Pupil Premium Funding. We will continue to use the Pupil Premium funding to support our students to raise standards of attainment and progress, improve attendance and have positive attitudes to learning. We base our strategies for the use of this funding on the latest educational research findings from organisations such as The Sutton Trust, The Educational Endowment Trust and other excellent bodies of research and innovation. We are part of Abingdon Learning Trust Pupil Premium Steering Group and we work with a number of secondary schools including Didcot Girls School and Cheney School in sharing best practice.
The funding has been used in a number of different areas, including but not limited to:
- Staffing for Tuition, Intervention 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 attitude 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 children.
- Summer School and transition work to support a successful Year 6 induction with accelerated progress in literacy.
- Chromehome scheme - To provide access to IT and access to 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 you 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 Services in the school office on Contact@johnmason.oxon.sch.uk
For more details about pupil Premium please visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport