Below are examples of the ways Bishop Justus uses its Pupil Premium funding in 2014.
Dedicated Teaching Assistants in Key Stage 3
At Key stage 3, we offer three curriculum strands specifically to meet our students’ needs. One of the strands contains the REALISE groups. These groups are for students who arrived at Bishop Justus with KS2 results under Level 4 in either English or Maths. The groups are smaller than usual classes, and have an assigned teaching assistant for all of their lessons.
Twenty-five students with lower than average attendance are invited to receive ‘free breakfast’ three times per week from the schools canteen. Support staff are present to encourage their attendance, and provide a mentoring role to the students.
Targeted attendance support
Each Year Co-ordinator identifies the students in their year who have less than average attendance. One-to-one meetings with a co-ordinator rather than Learning Director, provides the opportunity for the co-ordinator to foster a coaching relationship with each student. Subtle support and guidance is provided.
Selected Year 11 students receive tuition (from an outside agency) with the aim to help struggling students grow in confidence, and maximise their chances of reaching their desired Post-16 destinations. This in turn means higher aspirations for the selected students.
Small groups in tutor-time
The Learning Access Department provides targeted small group sessions in tutor time in the mornings. Planned and run by Teaching Assistants, the varied groups allow students to access help with Numeracy, Literacy, Touch Typing, Social Skills, EAL and Speech and Language sessions.
The school has worked hard to ensure students are supported in their learning outside of lessons. To foster the students’ desire to learn and inquire, while training their skills of self-discipline and organisation, we provide several E-learning opportunities and platforms to aid the students’ learning.
Aimed at providing additional support for KS4 students with regards to accessing future pathways in education. Students receive mentoring, off-site experiences and guidance throughout Key Stage 4.
There is a small fund set aside specifically for subject leaders to access if they need a boost to improve achievement or attainment outcomes of its learners. To access this fund, the subject leader proposes to the PP Director and must justify how it will improve the learning of their subject for ALL learners.
Using a kinaesthetic and practically applicable approach to Maths teaching, students learn Mathematical concepts with a subject specialist through making healthy drinks. Ingredients are sourced and students must follow recipes which incorporate past and current topics from their maths curriculum.
To ensure students are able to access IT systems, printing and even have a little bit of help with their homework, the school offers a staffed room of computers daily to students who may wish to complete homework onsite. Teachers and teaching Assistants are present at every homework club.
WPA Education Welfare Services
WPA’s experienced and highly trained staff support Bishop Justus to further improve overall attendance and subsequent outcomes for students. WPA utilises its strong partnerships with all key stakeholders, including staff, students and families with the aim to further increase the life chances of our young people.
On rare occasions the school may consider alternative off-site educational provision for very specifically selected students.
Staff are regularly updated on school progress, strategies running, future projects and areas to think about with regards to Pupil Premium