Students eligible to receive this funding are in four groups:
• students entitled to free school meals (FSM),
• students that have been entitled to FSM during the last six years (Ever6),
• children in care or looked after (CLA)
• services children.
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 and their wealthier peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The level of the premium in 2011-12 was £488 per student. It increased to £623 in 2012-13. The Government increased this further in 2013-14 to £900 and £935 in 2014- 2015. From April 2012 the Pupil Premium was extended to include children who had been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (FSM 'Ever 6'). Secondary schools will continue to receive £935 for secondary FSM 'Ever 6' pupils for 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Children who are looked after attract a higher rate of funding than children from low-income families. This is known as the ‘pupil premium plus’, which is currently £1,900 per pupil and will remain at this rate for 2015-16. This is to reflect the unique challenges looked after children face at school where they often struggle to keep up with their peers at both primary and secondary level.
2016 – 2017: 25.89% of Stopsley’s students are in the FSM/Ever6 cohort . This is in line with the national figure.
2015 – 2016 national figure of 29.0%. There are 11 CLA and no services children.
There are 157 FSM students in our cohort. This cohort changes weekly by one or two students as financial circumstances change for their families. We also have 263 Ever6 students and 11 CLA. This information is up-to-date in September 2016. An action plan was drawn up to address the identified needs of the cohort and to establish a time frame for monitoring the impact of the provision.
Our core aim is to raise the attainment and progress of students eligible for pupil premium funding, particularly in English and maths.
Improved levels of attainment in English and maths which are above the national average for students eligible for pupil premium funding.
- Close the attainment gaps relative to non – pupil premium students nationally
- Enhance reading, writing, mathematics and communication skills
- Engage and develop learning through extra-curricular provision
- The staff have a clear focus on improving outcomes for all disadvantaged students.