PUPIL PREMIUM - THE IMPACT OF PUPIL PREMIUM
In 2013, disadvantaged pupils out-performed non-disadvantaged pupils in terms of the 'value added' to their education. We were formally congratulated by David Laws, MP, for being in the top 100 schools in the country for added value for disadvantaged learners.
In 2014, the number of disadvantaged pupils achieving 5 GCSE grades at A* to C reached a school record level of 60%; 5% higher than the national performance of all students. This is a 6% improvement on the previous year and 35% better than 2012.
In 2015, we received a second commendation from David Laws for being ‘increasingly effective’ at improving the attainment and progress of our disadvantaged students (copy available here).
Ofsted noted that gaps in achievement between disadvantaged and other students are ‘narrowing rapidly’. The gap in the percentage of students making expected progress in Maths narrowed by 18 percentage points in 2015. In English, the gap narrowed by two percentage points and, in Ofsted’s words, has been ‘all but eradicated’. However, the gap between the attainment of disadvantaged students and that of other students remains a pressing concern.
Our Action Plan for continuing to close these gaps, together with an evaluation of the impact of our Pupil Premium spending over the last academic year, is available here (updated June 2018).
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after or adopted from care, as well as for children of service personnel.
EXTRA FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATION
Make sure your child's school is not missing out on an extra £2,300 each year to support their education.
Additional funding is available called Pupil Premium Plus (PP+), funding up to £2,300 to each pupil from reception to Year 11 who was previously looked after or who left care in England and Wales under an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order (formerly residence orders), to ensure they are given extra support at school.
The school may not know of your child's situation and it's up to you as their Parent to ensure they know your child meets the criteria - then the school can apply for the funding.
What you need to do?
Contact Victoria Jones, the Designated Teacher for previously looked after children (DT). You will then need to provide documentary evidence (court order) to the school. They will just need to verify that your child has left public care in England and Wales. They don't need to hold a copy on record.
Please let your child's school know by 17th January to ensure inclusion on the January Census Return so they don't miss out on additional support for next year.
What is a Designated Teacher?
All schools have a designated teacher and they have responsibility for supporting children who've been previously looked after to help them achieve well at school. Designated Teachers should: work effectively with parents and carers, unbdertake appropriate training and gain a good understanding of your child's needs to ensure they're receiving the best support.
Is the funding ring fenced to my child?
The funding is not ring fenced to an individual child. The school can spend the funding either directly on your child, or perhaps to train staff into how best to support children and young people who have been in care.
If you would like more advice or information on Pupil Premium Plus, please contact Victoria Jones to discuss.