The Government believes that Pupil Premium, (funding in addition to main Academy funding) is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers. The funding helps to tackle those inequalities of the students who need it most. We as an organisation fully support this initiative.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to Joseph Swan Academy to work with students who have either been registered for free school meals at any point within the last six years, children who have been on Gateshead Local Authority’s looked after children register (and have been registered continuously for more than six months), and children of service personnel.
Use and Impact of Pupil Premium in 2016-2017
In the Academy for the Academic Year 2016-2017 the intervention strategies of the Academy supported by the use of Pupil Premium funding, allowed our children to benefit from additional support in lessons, revision sessions and materials, uniform, PE kit subsidies and opportunities within and in addition to the curriculum
The impact can be assessed on an individual level through our data analysis and additional and confidential case study information which is held in the Academy
Use of Pupil Premium in 2017-2018
In the Academy Academic Year 2017-2018 the intervention strategies of the Academy supported the use of Pupil Premium funding, which allowed our children to benefit from the following:
- Pupil Premium Academy Champion in place
- Academic Attainment and Achievement Team Members
- Life Coach support
- Yoga lessons
- Academy Counsellor
- Uniform subsidy
- PE Kit subsidy
- Equipment subsidy
- The teaching of some students in small sized classes
- Case studies carried out focusing on student achievement (overall and in specific groups)
- Provision of an integrated and targeted programme of one-to-one support
- Mentoring selected students by Academy Leadership Team and the Intervention Team
- Scrutiny of work, focusing on quality of classroom outcomes
- Family Learning opportunities and support opportunities
- Coursework completion/clinics
- Additional Maths/English support
- Social worker/counsellor support
- Breakfast club
- Fully subsidised music lessons and instruments
- ‘Access for all fund’ subsidies for trips and visits
- Enrichment beyond the current curriculum
- Alternative pathways and educational opportunities
2017/2018 Financial Support for Students
The ethos of Joseph Swan Academy “Where Everyone Can Shine” ensures we support our students in whatever way we can. Pupil Premium funds have also been used to subsidise uniform expense, extra-curricular visits and all inclusive events where students suffering from particular financial hardship would not be able to participate. We ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate fully in Academy life.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Opportunities
All students are encouraged and given opportunities to achieve outside the classroom as well as in the taught curriculum. Pupil Premium funds have allowed the Academy to subsidise a range of opportunities for outward bound, residential and overseas visits.