Pupil Premium funding is given to schools by the government to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and other students in their year. Ever since Ofsted revised their inspection framework in July 2014 school inspections report on the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils who attract the Pupil Premium.
The Education Endowment Foundation has put together a Teaching and Learning Toolkit https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/toolkit/ which provides guidance for teachers and schools as to how to use Pupil Premium funding.
A Journalism for Schools workshop can help meet the criteria in:
- Aspiration intervention
- Individualised instruction
- Small group tuition
- Reading comprehension strategies
- Summer schools
- Learning styles
- Peer tutoring
- Social and emotional learning
Our interactive school workshops are increasingly being booked by Pupil Premium Administrators as external specialised support to the English department, to raise achievement and improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.
We work with students of all abilities, but we have received some outstanding testimonials on the impact our school workshop has had on pupil attainment. A day learning about being a reporter goes some way to closing the gap between the less literate pupils and their peers. In small groups we are able to offer one-to-one teaching and support which is hugely beneficial to these young people.
One Year 7 student at Heyford Free School had reading and writing difficulties and been receiving one-to-one attention for the whole year. He received an award for Excellent Article Writing at the end of the Journalism school workshop, reducing his teacher to tears of pride. The lovely thing was, we didn’t know anything about his past and had quite genuinely picked out his article as a superb example to read out to the class!
I thought it was really fun because it was like I was a real reporter and then when I grow up I will have some skills that I can use.
Sakina (Year 5), Pupil Premium student, St Thomas More RC Primary School, Peterborough