Pupil Premium funding is given to schools in addition to main school funding. Schools have the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium in any way they think will best support the raising of attainment predominantly in English and Maths for the most disadvantaged pupils. Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus funds are not ring fenced, it is not distributed as a child by child basis and the school has full autonomy on how they chose to spend the money. Therefore, Pupil Premium funds can be used on a variety of interventions personalised to the needs of pupils and cohorts.
The interventions that John Madejski Academy put in place are allocated after looking at the barriers our students currently have and aim to put in place, procedures, protocols and practices that range from help with the cost of uniform, trips and other educational essentials to providing one to one tuition. We also run group interventions to enable all our pupils reach their potential. In addition, funds have been allocated to paying some the cost of the school’s pastoral support staff who work with disadvantaged students and their families on a day to day basis.
All of our interventions are evidence informed. They are based on several key research documents such as the Sutton Trust Toolkit and the Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit
Each year we review the impact of how the Pupil Premium Grant was spent. The amount spent is cross referenced mainly against attainment. The School publishes this report in line with the validated RAISE data. This year’s (2016/17) initial data suggests that outcomes for our disadvantaged students are improving in terms of levels of progress they made in their core subjects of English and Maths. At John Madejski Academy those in receipt of the Pupil Premium grant make good progress which is favourable in comparison with schools nationally, although our aim is, as ever, to close any gap completely. Despite rates of progress achieved the difference between 5 A*-C grades attainment, Progress and Attainment 8 in subjects including English and Maths the gap has not diminished rapidly enough.
Looking forward to this academic year (2017/2018), John Madejski Academy will be focusing on short term one to one tuition in literacy and numeracy, building on the prior attainment these disadvantaged students have when they join us from our feeder primary schools. There are also increased plans to develop further the quality first teaching model that all students receive by focussing on four main areas, one of them being ‘Support for the progress of vulnerable, PP and SEND students.’ The big push continues for this year to drive up attendance of this cohort of students.
Children who have parents in the armed forces are also supported through the Service Child premium which for 2016/2017 remains unchanged at £300 per pupil.
Pupil Premium Plus
From April 2014, children who are looked after or adopted (parents of adopted children please contact their school in order to access funds for extra support via Pupil Premium Plus), will attract a higher rate of funding than children from low-income families – the Pupil Premium Plus scheme. This remains at £1,900 per student for 2016/2017. This additional funding is allocated to students to reflect the unique challenges they face at school, where they may find it more difficult to keep up with their peers at both primary and secondary level. This funding if linked to Children Looked After is partially retained by the Virtual School and allocated via the Personal Educational Plan meetings held three times a year between the external agencies working with the young person and the designated teacher for Children Looked After.
Please see below for John Madejski Academy Impact Report which has now been put into the Department for Education template and referred to as a Pupil Premium strategy. Within this document you will find details of the funding received for 2016/2017 and how it has been allocated to support our Pupil Premium students within the Cheney School community.
The Year 7 Catch up report for English and Maths is also below. Previous years saw this report integrated with the Pupil Premium spending impact report.
To view our Pupil Premium information, please click the link below.Pupil Premium Statement 2016-17
To view our Year 7 Catch Up statement, please click the link below.Year 7 Catch Up Statement