Pupil Premium

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. Many of our partner schools choose to use their Pupil Premium to give these young people the chance to benefit from the Jamie’s Farm experience with very positive results.

Jamie’s Farm meets recommendations from three strands of the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) teaching and learning toolkit, which provides guidance on how to spend Pupil Premium most effectively, using all available published evidence. Each of these strands adds 3 or more months of progress, which could potentially equate to a higher cumulative total if used in combination.

© Sir John Dunford, the Pupil Premium Champion (Teaching Leaders Quarterly, Spring, 2014)

1. Behaviour interventions (+3 months impact)

  • Targeted interventions for those diagnosed or at-risk of emotional or behavioural disorders produce the greatest effects;
  • Programmes with a proven track record of impact;
  • Programmes that consider staff professional development.

2. Outdoor adventure learning (+4 months impact)

  • A wide range of adventure activities are linked with increased academic achievement;
  • It is important to work with well-trained and well-qualified staff;
  • Outdoor adventure experiences could have positive impacts on self-confidence, self-efficacy and motivation.

3. Social and emotional learning (+4 months impact)

  • Skills should be taught purposefully and explicitly linked to direct learning in schools, encouraging pupils to apply the skills they learn;
  • Teachers and other school staff can effectively support these approaches, particularly with appropriate professional development;
  • Sensitive and targeted intervention may benefit at risk or more vulnerable pupils.

Value for money

The EEF states:

“Outdoor adventure learning costs vary, with a 6-day adventure sailing experience costing about £600 and a 7-day outdoor adventure course about £550. Costs are estimated at £500 per pupil per year and are therefore moderate.”

Jamie’s Farm costs approximately £400 per pupil- and includes a highly therapeutic programme (including a 1:1 with a therapeutic specialist), high quality CPD for up to 3 members of staff and a comprehensive 6 week follow up programme.

 

Pupil Premium: Impact Reporting

Jamie’s Farm produces personalised impact reports for schools and academies, detailing the impact of a visit on both individuals and groups of pupils. This can be used alongside official Pupil Premium reports to evidence the impact of a visit, specifically for Pupil Premium pupils.

 

 

“We introduced the pupil premium so that all children are able to enjoy the same opportunities and experiences, regardless of their circumstances. Jamie’s Farm is an excellent example of the kind of provision that schools now have better access to. Visiting the farm I have seen first-hand the impact it can have on the young people involved, allowing them to develop their skills and confidence, and encouraging them to achieve their full potential.”

David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools

David Laws MP, Minister for Schools, on a visit to Jamie’s Farm in October, 2014