The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. From April 2012 this was extended to include pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure). The level of the premium was £488 per eligible pupil for 2011/12 and £623 for 2012/13. The Government has set the premium for service children at £250 per eligible pupil. In 2013/14 the level of funding was increased to £900 and £300 for service children. From April 2014 funding increased further to £1,300 for primary children and then to £1,320 since 1st April 2015.
The school has used this funding to increase the small focus group teaching and one to one tuition that takes place between 3 and 5 days each week by fully qualified teachers. Other funding was added to this to ensure that we could support all of our most disadvantaged pupils. In addition money has been targeted on social skills group sessions also provided by qualified teachers ensuring that entitled students receive opportunity for additional support.
The Pupil Premium allocation for South Farnham School for the Academy Financial Year 2016/2017 is £48,428and for 2017/18 is expected to be £34,980.
The impact in educational attainment from expenditure of the pupil premium funding is reflected in the results of the Academy. The school has extensive monitoring and support systems in place to ensure favourable outcomes for the most vulnerable pupils. Pupil data is available.
In June 2012 Ofsted commented
- “those at risk of falling behind have their needs identified from an early age and are taught English and mathematics by skilled teachers. This ensures that all groups achieve exceptionally well.”
- “The focus groups, which provide high quality English and mathematics teaching to those who might otherwise struggle, are impressive. Pupils in these groups receive exactly the same curriculum as their peers and are expected to do just as well; the only difference is that the smaller classes enable pupils to have more focused support. As a result, the attainment of disabled pupils and those identified as having special educational needs is far ahead of pupils with similar needs in the country as a whole.”
Please see below recent statistical reports with a focus on disadvantage that show progress and attainment across KS1 and KS2: