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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:
(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:
|Looked After Children||£1900
(Dependent on successful evidence)
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 (£)|
|Looked After Children||0||1||1||0||2||4||1900||7,600|
Please note we have the following students who are adopted from care. They are included in and receive Ever6FSM funding.
Income Total = £159,070