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 July 2017).
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.