The government believes that the pupil premium, which is funded separately to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’) children of service personnel..
Schools can also receive the Pupil Premium Plus grant for looked after children and children adopted from local authority care. For more information on Pupil Premium plus please see the page dedicated to this on the school website. At Camden School for Girls we have decided to rebrand Pupil Premium as Focus First so please be aware that within school the terms are used interchangeably.
Nationally, statistics show that Pupil Premium pupils:
- Start secondary school with a lower average point score than non FSM/LAC pupils
- Are less likely to reach and fulfil their potential
- Are more likely to be excluded
- Are less likely to succeed due to factors outside of school
- Are less likely to achieve 5+ GCSE passes at grade C including English and Maths
- Are less likely to participate in wider school opportunities such as trips, playing of musical instruments and attendance at school clubs
Here at Camden School for Girls we have put in a number of interventions using the funding, the report on how we used the funding in 2015-16 can be found attached as a PDF below.
We have the 2016-17 financial data which covers September 2016 to March 2017 which is £215,170. We do not know the allocations for the end of the academic year (April to July), but will update this information when we receive it in April 2017.
We have developed our strategic aims for use of Pupil Premium funding for 2016-17 which is attached as a PDF below.
The next review of the school’s pupil premium strategy will take place in April 2017.