What is the pupil premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. From September 2014, the premium will be worth £935 for students who are currently in receipt of free school meals (FSM). In addition to this, the Government has extended its reach to cover any child that has been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) in the past six years (known as Ever6/E6). The school receives Pupil Premium Plus (£1900) for children who have been continuously looked after (CLA) for one day or more or was adopted from care on or after 30th December 2005, or left care under a special guardianship order or a residence order. Lastly, the school receives a Service Premium of £300 for students whose parents are in the armed services.
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent. At Anthony Gell School we pride ourselves on utilising Pupil Premium funding to support our students with a specific focus on Literacy, raising attainment, curriculum engagement and improving attendance. We aim to maximise life opportunities for all students and have an inclusive ethos to school life.
‘Students show a remarkable level of maturity and speak very warmly about the positive atmosphere and strong values of the school’ (OFSTED Sept 2013).
Anthony Gell School’s Pupil Premium allocation for the academic year 2016/17 is £100,045
Why is there a pupil premium?
Attainment gaps between pupils from deprived backgrounds and their more affluent peers persist through all stages of education, including entry into higher education. The highest early achievers from deprived backgrounds are overtaken by lower achieving children from advantaged backgrounds by age seven. The gap widens further during secondary education and persists into higher education. The likelihood of a pupil eligible for free school meals (FSM) achieving five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and mathematics is less than one third of a non-FSM pupil. A pupil from a non-deprived background is more than twice as likely to go on to study at university as their deprived peer.
How many pupils at Anthony Gell School are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
Currently 16% of students are eligible for the Pupil Premium
Is there an issue with eligible pupils not applying for FSM?
In England, pupils in state-funded schools are entitled to receive FSM if their parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190.
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
In order to claim FSM, families who meet the criteria above have to register for FSM via Derbyshire County Website .
Alternatively, parents can collect a paper application form from school reception.
How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?
To monitor progress on attainment, measures are included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. At Anthony Gell School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
Every year Anthony Gell School will produce a spending plan for the forthcoming academic year and an impact assessment of money spent in the previous academic year.