School employing ex-Royal Navy personnel wins Pupil Premium award

The TES is reporting that a secondary school which employs former members of the Royal Navy to manage classroom discipline is among the winners this year’s Pupil Premium Awards…

The awards, which are sponsored by TES, also recognised the achievements of a primary school which tackles problems with punctuality by sending a “walking bus” to pick up children for school.

The annual awards recognise schools that have made the best use of the money allocated to them under the government’s pupil premium policy. At a ceremony in central London this morning, 500 schools received a share of prize money totalling £4 million…

Ark Charter Academy, in Portsmouth, was handed the £250,000 prize for winning the secondary school category. The school is in one of the poorest areas of the country, with 62 per cent of pupils – more than twice the national average – receiving the pupil premium.

In 2014, 82 per cent of these pupil premium students achieved five or more good GCSEs, including English and maths: 18 percentage points higher than the national average for children who do not receive the pupil premium.

The school runs a longer-than-average day, to ensure that there is sufficient curriculum time to give pupils the maths and literacy support they need. And pupil premium funding is used to provide a range of extra-curricular activities, including sailing and boxing clubs, and subsidised trips to universities and the theatre. The school has also recently built its own theatre.

And – as befits a school in a coastal town – Charter has employed former Royal Navy personnel as pastoral support workers. The ex-seamen conduct home visits, as well as supporting teachers in the classroom, and modelling discipline for pupils…

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See all the details of the winning schools at the Pupil Premium Awards website


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  1. Nor_edu

    h_emoney andylutwyche SchoolsImprove makes sense that sea faring families need sea faring role models! It’s hard to have a parent away

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