Pupil Premium Reporting

What is the pupil premium?

The pupil premium was introduced in 2011 by the government to help schools meet the additional needs of children from families with a low income (other factors also apply e.g. children looked after by the local authority). The government have used eligibility for free schools as the main measure as national data shows that children entitled to free school meals make less progress than pupils that are not entitled to free school meals. The pupil premium is now awarded for any student that has been entitled to free school meals during the previous six years. The government now refers to pupils entitled to the pupil premium as disadvantaged.

How much Pupil Premium funding did the school receive?

Fulham Cross Girls’ School received a pupil premium of £386,435 for the period Sept. 14-August 15.

What did the school do with the money?

The school used the pupil premium to run a variety of intervention classes for pupils who were not doing as well as they should be. We measure pupils’ progress regularly in all subjects so that we know that children are getting the best results they can and are on-track for their end of key stage assessments at 14 and 16. The school ran intervention classes in English, mathematics and science as well as in other subjects. The school also employs progress tutors to support pupils with their personal development which can sometimes hinder pupils’ progress. Some of the pupil premium supports the salary costs of progress tutors.

Was the money well spent? What was the impact?

The government publishes data to show how well schools are closing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and ‘other’ pupils. This is the main way that Ofsted decides how well the pupil premium has been spent. The data for Fulham Cross Girls’ School shows that we are using the pupil premium well because we are closing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and ‘other’ pupils. We are doing this much better than most schools nationally.

Key Stage 2-4 Value added 2015

VA School Score VA National Score
All Pupils1047.21000 (Girls Nat. 1008.9)
Non Disadvantaged Pupils1045.21008.4
Disadvantaged Pupils1047.7976.7
Difference+1.5-31.7

Value added measures the amount of progress pupils make from the time they join the school. The national average for all pupils is always 1000, but there are differences between boys and girls. Schools that score more than the national average are helping their pupils make better progress than most schools. Fulham Cross Girls’ School’s value added score was one of the highest in the country in 2015.  Fulham Cross Girls’ School continues to help its pupils make outstanding progress. The table above shows that the school helps all its pupils to make good/ outstanding progress and that disadvantaged pupils made more progress last year than ‘other’ pupils.

Year 7 Catch Up Funding

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each year 7 pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of key stage 2. This additional funding is used to provide literacy and numeracy catch-up support for year 7 pupils giving them the opportunity to catch up as quickly as possible.

Fulham Cross Girls’ School received £7,000 Catch Up funding last year and used it to provide literacy and numeracy activities during the summer holidays, to buy support resources for both English and mathematics and to support the costs of a Personalisation teacher to work with Year 7 students.