The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Coalition Government in April 2011. This additional funding is paid to schools in respect of their disadvantaged pupils:
- Pupils in years 7-11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM.
- Looked after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by an English Local Authority.
FSM is the only pupil level measure of deprivation available to schools and the link between FSM eligibility and school underachievement is very strong. Schools receive Pupil Premium funding to support their eligible pupils and narrow the attainment difference between them and their peers.
In addition the Academy also received an additional £500 for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve level 4 or better at Key Stage 2 in reading and/or maths (the expected Key Stage 2 attainment). This funding, known as ‘Catch Up Premium’ (CUP), is used to give these pupils valuable additional provision and is intended to help these students catch up in literacy and numeracy as early as possible in their secondary education and therefore enable them to access the secondary curriculum more fully.
2017-18 Academic Year
In this financial year, the Academy will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as having left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
A smaller amount of £300 paid to the Academy in respect of children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
In 2017/18 Garforth Academy expects to receive £243,310 from Pupil Premium funding. In addition to the Pupil Premium the Academy will again receive an additional £500 for every student who has not achieved the expected Key Stage 2 attainment in reading and/or maths. We estimate that the Catch Up Premium funding will amount to approximately £25,000.
To maximise the achievement of Pupil Premium and KS2 below expected students, Garforth Academy is concentrating this funding on the core areas of literacy and numeracy to ensure that all students have the help that they need to grasp the basics of reading, writing and mathematics.
Outcomes for Eligible Pupils 2016-17
Garforth Academy is focused on closing both relative and absolute differences in student achievement. Spending commitments made are based on a detailed understanding of individual needs and aim to maximise the growing body of research and evidence on effective practice.
All pupil premium spending should lead to a quantifiable impact on student achievement and attainment, with a clear plan for impact measurement established.
Further information regarding Pupil Premium can be read on our Statutory Information page here.