Since 2011 the Government has provided additional funding to schools called the Pupil Premium. This extra money is given for looked after children, students who are currently in receipt of free school meals and those who have received free school meals during the last 6 years. There is also additional money for children of families who are currently serving in the forces or have done so during the last 5 years.
King James´s School has received Pupil Premium funding as follows:
|Pupil Premium allocations||Cash value||As a % of our overall budget|
|2017 to 2018||£181,070||2.08%|
|2018 to 2019||£171,000||2.0%|
|2019 to 2020||£199,360||2.3%|
|2020 to 2021||£253,800||2.8%|
Pupil Premium students form 13.7% of King James’s School population (219 students), compared with 25% in schools nationally.
It is a statutory requirement that the school publicly reports on the use and impact of this money.
Pupil Premium Strategy (pdf document).
The framework of support
At King James’s School we use the funding to support eligible students to fulfil their potential. This support prioritises their pastoral, social and academic needs and is designed to meet the needs of individual students.
We do not target the additional funding purely at examination performance. A strong focus is put upon building self-esteem, confidence and resilience amongst these students. We believe that focussing on personal development skills is likely to impact upon academic performance as they develop through Key Stage 3 & 4.
Teachers are aware of the pupil premium students in their class and are expected, through high quality teaching and learning, to design work to support them. Most pupil premium students have an individual support plan which explains to their teachers what their barriers to learning are and how they can be best supported.
Pupil premium students at King James’s School have a range of barriers to their learning including attendance, behaviour, engagement, resources and family circumstances. The personalised approach we adopt with these students includes support that students may not otherwise receive at home.
Our Learning Managers co-ordinate support and make links with the families. Some support may be temporary; some will stay in place for longer. All interventions are reviewed regularly to assess impact and are modified or changed as necessary. The largest areas of expenditure are our small group tuition programme and pastoral officer support. The tuition programme typically reaches over 100 students in English and Maths; some students access both.
The full range of strategies can be seen in the expenditure chart below.
|Principal areas of expenditure||Expenditure (£k)|
|Learning Manager Support||71|
|Small Group Tuition||27|
|Pastoral Officer Support||27|
|Hub and Staff Initiatives||24.6|
|Additional Curriculum Courses||9.2|
|Achievement for all prizes||3|
Review of our pupil premium strategy takes place twice per year as a result of monitoring data. Interventions are changed and adapted according to the individual needs of the students.