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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Pupil Premium at John Ferneley College

We have high aspirations and ambitions for our students, and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge and your dedication and commitment to learning that makes the difference between success and failure.

We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the school's own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.

The designated staff member: Mrs Tracy Doran (Pupil Premium Coordinator) [email protected] 

Pupil Premium Spending

Our Pupil Premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching, have started to have a positive impact on children’s attainment and self-belief.

Through targeted interventions, we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of our aims is to ensure that ALL groups of students make good progress in order to reach age-related expectations as they move through the school.

Targeted support is being provided through one-to-one and small group tuition in Year 7 through the nurture group. Senior leaders and teachers also provide additional support through intervention sessions and subject/targeted support through years 7 to 11. These interventions support children in knowing where they are and what they need to do to improve their work.

Increasing parental engagement has also been a focus at the school. A range of opportunities have been provided to help parents engage more regularly with the school such as support evenings, regular tracking clinics, mentors to support family issues and a streamlined communication system to inform parents of upcoming events and opportunities for their children — these will ensure families are better equipped at supporting their children.

How will the school measure the impact of the pupil premium?

To monitor progress on attainment, new measures have been included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. At John Ferneley College the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. Review meetings will take place at each milestone (approximately every 7 weeks) and will include a member of Senior Management, teachers, TAs and the Pupil Premium co-ordinator.

At each milestone, the college will review the impact of actions taken and will plan for how the funding will be specifically allocated over the next phase. When selecting students for Pupil Premium intervention, the school will look at all students across the school. There are students who are not eligible for PP who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar, and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.

Eligibility for free school meals

A parent/guardian may wish to check their child's eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2).

If your child is not registered for free school meals, and you receive any of the following benefits, your child may be able to get free school meals:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a perfect opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child, please speak to Mrs Tracy Doran (Pupil Premium Coordinator) [email protected]