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Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium funding is additional funding which is given to schools in order to raise the attainment of the most disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gap between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium is, in the opinion of the government, the best way to try to give students who require additional support, the best start possible in education and in life. This is why schools receive additional funding, on top of main school funding allocation.

‘Diminishing the difference’ ‘Narrowing the Gap’ are often talked about. This phrase refers to the gap in performance at GCSE between students from more advantaged backgrounds and those who are in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding. Nationally, there is a clear divide between these two groups of students, which will be explored in more detail later in this document. There is overwhelming evidence that disadvantaged students achieve and progress at a slower rate than those from more privileged backgrounds:

  • Children from more disadvantaged backgrounds (17%) are less than half as likely to enter higher education as other children (35%).
  • The reading skills of the highest-performing 15-year-olds from poor backgrounds are, on average, about two years behind the highest-performing pupils from privileged backgrounds.
  • Only a quarter of boys from working-class backgrounds take up middle-class (professional or managerial) jobs.
  • Free School Meal (FSM) students are at least 3 times more likely to be permanently excluded than their peers, twice as likely to have a Special Educational Needs statement and are more likely to change schools. They are also more likely to have literacy and numeracy problems and national research suggests that they are more likely to experience poorer quality teaching

(Source: Closing Gaps in attainment, Robert Hill, Association of School and College Leaders, 2013).

The situation is the same at Fernwood school, however, there have been improvements in this area in recent years, as the attainment and progress data later in this document indicates.

Pupil Premium Funding was introduced in April 2011 for any student who has been in receipt of a Free School Meal in the last six years. (This is known as the Ever6FSM measure). This means that a child registered for FSM in the last year of primary school will remain eligible for the premium up to and including Year 11.

The allocations for students are as follows:

Ever6FSM Students
(Years 7-11)
Looked After Children £1900
(Dependent on successful evidence)
Service Children £300

How much funding will Fernwood School receive in this academic year?

The total allocations of funding to be received in the coming academic year by groups of students and by year group can be seen below:

Students (Year) 7 8 9 10 11 Total Unit £ Total (£)
Ever6FSM 30 22 41 42 27 162 935 151,470
Looked After Children 0 1 1 0 2 4 1900 7,600
Services Children 0 0 0 0 0 0 300 0

Please note we have the following students who are adopted from care. They are included in and receive Ever6FSM funding.

Year Group 7 8 9 10 11
Number 1 1 1 2 2

Income Total = £159,070

Fernwood School Pupil Premium Strategy


Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
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