• Contact Us

Pupil Premium

 
Disadvantaged (Pupil Premium) funding at Whitefield School

Updated November 2017

‘The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional 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.’ (DFE Website)

‘I have always believed that the pupil premium is capable of achieving great things in our schools and in our society. The major challenge facing us has been to ensure that it makes a real difference to the disadvantaged pupils at whom it is aimed. It is critical that schools can and do use this additional funding effectively… gaps in attainment are closing more quickly in schools judged as ‘Good’ or better.’ (David Laws Minister of State for Schools)

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 (disadvantaged students). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel. The purpose of this extra money is to help close the gap that currently exists nationally, between the achievement of the aforementioned students eligible for Free School Meals and those who are not.

Disadvantaged student numbers at Whitefield School November 2016 by Year Group:

Year Group

On Roll

Pupil Premium

Percentage

PP attendance (Up to November 2016)

Non-PP attendance (Up to November 2016)

7

128

61

48%

97.6%

97.2%

8

134

64

48%

95.8%

97.9%

9

130

59

45%

94.8%

93.3%

10

150

60

40%

95.5%

94.0%

11

152

73

48%

93.5%

94.7%

12

53

27

51%

95.5%

93.5%

13

48

24

50%

91.1%

95.7%

 

Figures accurate as at 1.11.2016

 

Pupil premium funding provides support for students who:

  • have been registered as eligible for Free School Meals at any time in the last six years (FSM)
  • have been looked after for one day or more (CLA)
  • were adopted from care on or after 30th December 2005 or left care under a special guardianship order (CLA)

Current funding rates stand at £935 for FSM and £1900 for CLA students. Since April this year, funding for looked after children is managed by the ‘Virtual School Head’ of the borough that looks after these students. In Barnet this role is performed by Glinys Weller.

LAC (Looked after children) at Whitefield

Student

Year Group

Local Authority

1

9

Barnet

2

9

Buckinghamshire

3

10

Barnet

4

10

Medway

5

                  11                                     Barnet

 

Pupil Premium funding at Whitefield School

Academic Year

Total Amount

1st September 2016- 31st August 2017

£337, 769

1st September 2017 - 31st August 2018

£335,745


Disadvantaged students receive additional support for exams, often in 1:1 situations and this has been instrumental in their progress over the years. Against national outcomes, disadvantaged students at Whitefield have performed equally well, and where they haven’t intervention is targeted to close this gap (see table below for performance figures for the previous three academic years).

Key indicators for Year 11 performance: FSM vs Non-FSM students

 

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-16

 

FSM/PP

Non-FSM/PP

Difference

FSM/PP

Non-FSM/PP

Difference

FSM/PP

Non-FSM/PP

Difference

Number

58

66

-8

64

72

-8

61 67 -6

Percentage of Pupils

47%

53%

-6

47%

53%

-6

48% 52% -4

Persistence absence

4.5%

1.3%

-3.2%

4.6%

1.7%

-2.9%

4.7% 1.4% -3.3%

National Persistent absence

11.5%

3.4%

-8.1%

10.9%

3.3%

-7.6%

10.1% 3.21% -6.89%

Fixed term exclusions

14.59%

5.10%

9.49%

6.55%

2.29%

-4.26%

7.28% 3.34% -3.94%

Attendance

95%

97%

-2%

94%

95%

-1%

93% 95% -2

Percentage achieving grades A*-C in English and Maths GCSEs

47%

62%

-15

45%

51%

-6

39% 60% -21

Percentage achieving 5+ A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths GCSEs

36%

61%

-1

41%

49%

-8

38% 58% -20

Progress 8 English Element

 

 

 

 

 

 

-0.04 0.52 -0.56

Progress 8 Maths Element

 

 

 

 

 

 

-0.15 0.73 -0.88

Progress 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

-0.35 0.35 -0.7

Average entries per pupil - EBacc

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.1 2.5 -0.4

Average entries per pupil - Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.7 2.7 0

(The Dfe classifies disadvantaged students as those eligible for school meals at any time during the last 6 years and children looked after (ie in the care of the local authority for a day or more or who have been adopted from care)

Link for 2015-2016 performance tables (http://www.education.gov.uk/cgi-bin/schools/performance/school.pl?urn=137361) 

Next meeting where we will assess the impact of this intervention work and evaluate how we can further support achievement via the Pupil Premium is May 5th 2018 Further details are available upon request from Mr Villiers, Deputy Headteacher.