Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium grant is allocated to schools from the Department for Education (DfE) to help pupils from the most deprived backgrounds achieve their full potential.

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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.  Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, we will also require schools to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.

These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals (FSM); those looked after by the Local Authority and children of armed service personnel. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and to raise attainment.
A link to the DfE page, containing further information about the rationale behind the Pupil Premium, can be found.

It is for each school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, as it is assumed each is best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils at the School. However, to ensure proper accountability, schools are required to report on:

  • the amount of funding received;
  • how this is being used;
  • the impact of any work done.

Funding received
The pupil premium funding settlement received by Fulham Primary School is calculated based on the number of children on roll in the January of each year who are known to have been eligible for free school meals at any time within the last six years, or who are Looked After Children, or who are the children of armed service personnel.

The funding received was as follows:

Year

Amount allocated
per pupil

Total amount of pupil
premium funding

2013/14 £900 £148,500
2014/15 £1,300 £192,400
2015/16 £1,320 £208,560
2016/17 £1,320 £198,000

Fulham Primary prides itself on the fact that there is very little difference between the achievements of children who receive FSM and those who do not. This is called “narrowing the  gap” and it is one of the success stories of our school. In fact, across the school, our Pupil Premium children are our highest performing group of children.

However, in summary, Fulham Primary allocates and spends this money to ensure that all our pupils are given the same opportunities and life experiences as any other child, even those from more privileged background.

 

 

How this additional funding has been spent in 2013/2014

  • Outstanding progress for pupils in reading, writing and to improve attainment in mathematics by using new programs such as Magic Math’s and Mathletics.
  • Assessment for learning throughout the school and early intervention through small group personalised learning
  • Early Years intervention to ensure that almost all children were at last at age related levels in all subjects by the end of the Reception year
  • Further enrichment of the curriculum to drive standards in learning forward
  • Pupil progress meetings held on termly basis with each class teacher to discuss progress of each child in reading, writing and mathematics.

 

The impact of Pupil Premium so far:
Secured higher attainment and progress for identified children in upper Key Stage 2 in Reading and Writing. 91% achieved Level 4+ in both Reading and Writing in 2014.

Narrowed the gap between identified pupils to ensure that they are attaining in line with their peers by the end of Key Stage 2 in reading and writing.

Raised number of identified pupils passing the Phonic test at KS1 (95%, in May 2014, well above national expectations).

Attitudes to learning for identified pupils have improved and this can evidenced in their attainment and progress.

We track the progress of all our pupils in school on a termly basis and more frequently for  pupils causing concern and we compare pupils according to FSM and other characteristics.

 

In 2014/2015

Whole school data analysis showed that in many subjects in many year groups, pupil premium children were achieving  better than those children not receiving free school meals.

Ii the financial year 2014-2015 Fulham Primary received £192,400 for Pupil Premium. It was agreed to continue systems begun last year with more  emphasis on identifying and targeting children who require the intervention, using smarter methods to intervene and to track all children. Some of these ideas include:

  • Setting Teacher-Year 5 & 6 setting groups.
  • Early Years Educator in Reception as well as Nursery (EYFS early intervention).
  • Additional support for phonics setting between Reception and Year 2.
  • After School Booster sessions (starting January 2015).
  • Homework Club every week.
  • Mathletics to be launched in November 2014 during Math’s Week.
  • Weekly Enrich Group for higher achievers-Years 3-6.
  • CPD.
  • Residential Trip – financial support.
  • Purchased further computing resources.
  • Drama productions.
  • Playground and Garden.
  • Attendance.
  • Swimming.

 

In 2015/2016

In the financial year 2015/16 Fulham Primary received £208,560 for Pupil Premium. It was agreed to continue systems in place with continued emphasis on identifying and targeting children who require intervention, using smarter methods to intervene and to track all children. Some of these ideas include:

  • Setting Teachers-Year 4, 5 & 6 setting groups.
  • Early Years Educator in Reception as well as Nursery (EYFS early intervention).
  • Additional support for phonics setting between Reception and Year 2.
  • After School Booster sessions (starting January 2016).
  • Weekly Enrich Group for higher achievers-Years 3-6.
  • CPD for staff.
  • Purchased further computing resources.
  • Drama productions.
  • Attendance incentives.
  • Swimming.

We also support specific children through subsidising:

  • School trips and other extracurricular activities and opportunities that boost learning including homework club and literacy booster sessions;
  • KS2 SATs literacy and numeracy booster sessions;
  • Enrichment activities for higher achieving pupils;
  • School Journey;
  • Homework Club.