Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up

In 2013/14 we received £10,000 to support  20 Year 7 students with their literacy and numeracy.

For 2014/15 we are scheduled to recieve a further £10,000 to support the same number of students.

The Catch Up Premium is spent on providing one-to-one tuition in Maths and English, improving individual student's literacy and numeracy skills.

THE PUPIL  PREMIUM

Background

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to help raise the attainment of “disadvantaged pupils” and is paid for the most part to schools according to the number of students who have been registered as eligible for a free school meal at any point in the last six years or who have been in care for six months or longer.

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 2013-14  JFS  received  £124,200 to fund support for 136 students.  This funding has increased to £129,030 in 2014-15. Pupil premium funding has been used to provide a range of activities and support which has included:

  • 1:1 tutoring in English and Maths for students who have specific  weaknesses in these area
  • Paired Reading Programme for students who need support with literacy and reading skills
  • Mentoring programme or students who have been identified by their Director of Studies and/or Year Manager as needing targeted support with, for example, self-organisation and  motivation
  • Year 11 Homework Club which is targeted as those Year 11 students who staff feel need support and assistance with the completion of their homework in order to improve their GCSE grades. These are students who, for a variety of reasons, find the focus, self-discipline and time that is require for successful homework challenging.
  • Music Bursaries to enable those students who wish to do so to learn a musical instrument
  • Connexions and Careers/HE Guidance to enable targeted students  to discuss with an expert the opportunites available to them and to support them  in preparing for the immediate to mid-term future.

The Pupil Premium in Practice: Some Examples

  • A student in Year 8 wished to learn the violin. JFS bought a violin for her and has given her a bursary for weekly lessons. Her teacher reports that she is making steady progress with the violin and is beginning to read music.  She understands that in order to make progress she must practice at home and she is totally engaged throughout her lessons.
  • A student in Year 7 who has experienced academic and other challenges was mentored by one of our Learning Mentors through his transition from primary school to JFS and this process began in the summer term of 2013/14 before he joined JFS. He has since joined JFS and has remained with his mentor. He has settled into secondary school very well and is making excellent progress.
  • A student in Year 11 was referred for 1:1 Maths support because although his determination to master the subject was strong, his number and algebra skills were not. He had a predicted GCSE grade of C but was functioning at grade F. He was delighted to accept the opportunity of special targeted help, recognising that frequent reinforcement would consolidate his grasp and embed the processes more firmly in his memory. After only a few sessions, he is functioning at grade D and there is every hope that he will achieve his target grade, and beyond , in the near future. He says of his own progress: "Previously, I was doing lower work than the rest of the class. Now I feel I am keeping up and trying harder questions. I like the thorough explanation I get and Algebra feels easier to understand.”

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 2014-15 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 GCSE
No of PP students 5 A*- C
JFS: 36 83.3%  FSM
92% (non FSM)
National Figures* 39%  FSM
66%  (non FSM)

 

Sixth Form Year 13
  A* - B %
JFS FSM Students (21) 67.7
JFS Non FSM Students 79.3
National Figures 51.3 (2012 state schools)