The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the Government to address the current attainment gap, a feature of achievement nationally, between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most. All schools are expected to deploy this funding to narrow a significant attainment gap between these groups of students. Schools have the freedom to spend this funding as they see fit based upon their knowledge of ‘pupil needs’.

JFS and Pupil Premium

Both before and since the introduction of the Pupil Premium the practice of JFS, in accordance with our ethos, has been to ensure that all students, irrespective of family circumstances, have equal opportunities to participate fully in all aspects of school life. Ensuring the highest quality of teaching and learning in the classroom as well as a rich menu of activities to complement and enhance the formal curriculum is the most effective way to ensure all students benefit from the opportunities here and achieve their full potential. For example, the School has long subsidised  (and continues to do so) the costs of visits for students who would otherwise not be able to participate, assisted with costs of school uniform and equipment and targeted a number of programmes, including paired reading and 1:1 tuition in English and Maths, on  recipients of free school meals.

For 2012-13  JFS  received  £81,900 to fund support for 136 students (an average of £600 for each student).  This funding has increased to £122,000 in 2013/14 as a result of increases by central government of the funding per student to £900.  Funding in 2012/13 was used as follows:

1.      Curriculum provision

  • Setting provision - eg in Year 7 and 8 in Maths (Springboard programme in Year 7 and ‘Set 6’ in Year 8).  

2.      Targeted interventions

  • The Paired Reading programme for Years 7 and 8 -  increasingly focussed on students eligible for the Pupil Premium
  • Mentoring Programme –  an additional day of mentoring paid for via this funding
  • Individualised support programme in Maths and English by teachers employed specifically for 1:1 support which the Pupil Premium has allowed us to expand
  • Purchasing laptops  and other equipment for students
  • Nurture and social skills groups in SEN ; visit to FE college  to support progression
  • Additional Careers and Higher Education guidance and support ( eg subsidised costs of university pre-admissions tests seminars, Morrisby Profiles for Year 11,  university interview practice sessions, additional  external Careers Advisor time and enhanced guidance for targeted students)

3.       Enrichment and Visits

  • Support for school visit costs 
  • Transport ,Music and Uniform bursaries   

The Future

In evaluating the impact of the funding on individual achievement we are reallocating funds to the areas we know to be more successful such as individualised and small group support with key subject areas.  A particular focus for 2013/14 is on Year 11 students’ achievement as evidence shows that our Pupil Premium cohort performs less well in relation to their peers at KS4 than at KS3 or in the Sixth Form. Most importantly we are examining the most effective ways to use the funding to support these students in class and in the revision period ahead of GCSEs and trialling a number of projects using the Pupil Premium funds.

Key Stage 4: Year 11

No of PP students

5 A*- C

JFS : 23

 

70.4%  FSM

89.8% (non FSM)

National Figures*

39%  FSM

66%  (non FSM)

 

*2012

Sixth Form: Year 13

 

 

A*- B %

JFS FSM students (24)

88.1

JFS Non FSM students

82.3

National Figures

51.3  ( 2012- all students: state schools)