Pupil Premium Report
The Pupil Premium is government money designed to help disadvantaged children and young people do well at school. The funding is allocated to schools for children from Reception to year 11 who have registered for free school meals in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure), are in care (children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months) or who have parents in the Armed Forces
How is it spent?
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. We are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.
We have high expectations for all our students at St John’s School. The Pupil Premium Grant enables us to target our resources so that all students have the same academic aspirations. We believe this can be achieved through the following:
- Improvement in English and Maths at KS1 or KS2 as appropriate
- Raising self esteem and self confidence
- Broadening, enriching students’ outlook on life and raising aspirations
- Support students to close the gap in their progress compared to their peers
- Support for students at risk of exclusion
- Positive partnership work with parents/carers
We will encourage parents and carers of children receiving the funding, to offer their ideas on what will most help stretch them further, to help them aim high, or to build their confidence like having a mentor, taking part in activities to develop social or language skills. Some children may need financial help so that they can take part in trips and activities. If children are behind in English, Maths or other subjects, we may arrange for them to have small group or one-to-one teaching. We call these ‘accelerated learning’ programmes. We choose the classroom approaches and accelerated programmes that research shows work. Please see evidence of research at www.suttontrust.com. We spend some of the money on training for staff to make sure they are up to date with the latest knowledge about what works for disadvantaged children/young people. How much parents and carers get involved with their children's learning makes a very big difference to how well they do at school. So we aim to spend money on activities that help keep you informed about their targets, and confident in knowing how to support their learning.
HOW WILL PARENTS KNOW IT IS WORKING?
We track all children’s progress every half term, so we can quickly see if plans are working. If your child takes part in an accelerated programme, we will also measure how they are doing at the start of the programme, and at the end, so we can see the difference.
We will report to you at parent’s evenings, held each term, but if you would like information on your child’s progress at any time, please get in touch with the class teacher.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
For more information about how we plan provision and track progress please speak to the SENco, Deputy Headteachers or Headteacher.
Please speak to the school office staff, in confidence. They will be really glad to help.
WHAT ARE WE SPENDING THE PUPIL PREMIUM ON THIS YEAR (2016 - 2017)?
To fund additional Teaching Assistants in order to provide one to one time for those children in need of such additional support.
- To fund after school activity clubs/breakfast club for those children eligible for Free School Meals and where appropriate pay for holiday clubs.
- To provide training for Teaching Assistants in order to deliver specialised intervention programmes
- To train all staff on techniques and strategies to develop all children's capacitiy to think deeply across the curriculum
- Training for teachers to develop Maths Mastery
- To fund school trips for those disadvantaged pupils who would otherwise not pay
- To support the costs of instrumental tuition for those identified vulnerable families
- To fund small group tuition and booster classes
- To support with the cost of uniform.
- To fund social and emotional support for children through mindfulness and play therapy
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