The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding from central government to support children who may be vulnerable to under-achievement. The amount received by each school is dependent on the number of children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) and children who are, or have been, ‘Children in Care’ (CIC). Schools have a responsibility to report on the progress of this group, including children who have received FSM during the last 6 years (termed ‘Ever6 FSM’). All schools are required to demonstrate how they are using the Pupil Premium and the impact it is having.
- To ensure that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are able to make the same progress as, or better progress than, their peers.
- At Foster's Primary School, we organise teaching and learning in order to best meet the needs of all of our children.
- We arrange appropriate provision for children from vulnerable groups and for those who may be disadvantaged, to ensure that their needs are accurately assessed and met.
- We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children who are disadvantaged have free school meals. We follow the government’s guidelines to allocate Pupil Premium support to those children who receive, or have received, free school meals, or who are in care.
- We aim to include parents (along with our own needs analysis and including input from staff in school) to decide how the Pupil Premium could be best spent for each child.
- It may be the case that not all children receiving free school meals will receive Pupil Premium interventions at any one time.
Across Foster’s, the Pupil Premium has been having a positive impact and it has allowed Disadvantaged Children access to intensive support through our Graduate Tutors, who deliver personalised English & Mathematics tutoring allowing pupils to make accelerated progress regardless of their starting points. Monies are also used to support learning experiences, purchase equipment and subsidise educational visits. Importantly, the Pupil Premium also allows us to partially fund the school's Family Liaison Officer who is able to work closely with families as needed.
Year 6 SATS Results
In 2016/17, the disadvantaged children in Year 6 at Foster’s achieved very well across all core areas of the National Curriculum:
In 2014/15, 100% of disadvantaged children at Foster's attained L4+ in Writing Maths and 86% in Reading. This fantastic achievement is supported by personalised tuition for every eligible child at least once a week.
How much do we receive?
Our total Pupil Premium received for the financial year 2017/18 is £80,390.
Schools receive a Pupil Premium of £1,320 per year for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (not including children automatically entitled to the governments free school meals program up to the end of Year 2).
Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following: adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order.
Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the 'Virtual School Head' (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. They are then responsible for distributing the funding appropriately.
Our Pupil Premium allocation for the financial year 2016/17 was £69,690. This money was spent on; dedicated weekly one-to-one tuition provided by our highly trained Graduate Tutors; access to extra-curricular activities to support learning; and partial finding of our school's Family Liaison Services to support families.
Our Pupil Premium allocation for financial year 2015-16 was £67,600 and we also had additional funding of £11,400 for post-'looked after' children. This money was also spent on; dedicated weekly one-to-one tuition provided by our highly trained Graduate Tutors; access to extra-curricular activities to support learning; and partial finding of our school's Family Liaison Services to support families.
For 2013-2014 we were allocated £44,791. This money was spent on individualised tuition, staffing costs to monitor progress and attainment for Pupil Premium children and providing access to extra-curricular activities to support learning.
For 2012-2013, we were allocated £30,154 for 12% of our children. This money once again gave us the opportunity to buy in tutors to give more individualised instruction in order to monitor progress and attainment for Pupil Premium children. This also helped in providing access to extra-curricular activities to support learning and provision of digital technologies.
In 2011-2012 at Foster’s, 9% of children fitted these criteria, and we were allocated £16,104. The impact of this work was that 100% of our disadvantaged children made expected progress in English and Mathematics.
Jason Hemley - Acting Deputy Head