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 on a child-by-child basis, and the school has full autonomy on how they choose 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. They aim to enforce 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 progress and attainment. The Academy publishes this report in line with the validated RAISE data.
This year’s (2017/18) initial data suggests that outcomes for our disadvantaged students have maintained the improvement in their core subjects of English and maths from 2016/17. Despite the progress achieved, the difference between progress 8 and attainment 8 in subjects, including English and maths for PP and non-PP students, has not diminished rapidly enough. This is a key focus for the Academy.
Looking forward to this academic year (2018/2019), John Madejski Academy will be focusing on short-term, small-group tuition in literacy and numeracy. The aim is to build on the lower prior attainment these disadvantaged students have when they join us from our feeder primary schools. There are also increased plans to further develop the quality-first teaching model that all students receive by focusing 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 2018/2019 is worth £300 per student.
Pupil Premium Plus
From April 2014, children who are looked after or adopted will attract a higher rate of funding than children from low-income families – the pupil premium plus scheme. This is currently worth £2,300 per student for 2018/2019. 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.
In order to access these funds and receive extra support from pupil premium plus, we urge parents of adopted children to contact the school.
Click the button below, and you will find John Madejski Academy’s 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 2018/2019 and how it has been allocated to support our pupil premium students. The year 7 catch-up report is also integrated with the pupil premium spending impact report.