Pupil Premium Reporting: Fulham College Boys’ School

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 school meals as the main measure as data shows that children entitled to free school meals nationally make less progress than pupils that are not entitled to free school meals. The pupil premium is awarded for any student that has been entitled to free school meals during the previous six years. Students entitled to the pupil premium are now referred to as ‘disadvantaged’ by the government.

How much Pupil Premium funding did the school receive?

Fulham College Boys’ School received a pupil premium of £214,807 for the period Aug. 14-Sept. 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 learning mentors and personal coaches to support pupils with their personal development which can sometimes hinder pupils’ progress. Some of the pupil premium supports the salary costs of learning mentors and personal coaches.

Intervention Plan:

The school has used a wide range of different activities to engage students

  • After school classes for targeted students in core and foundation subjects
  • Reward scheme for attendance at intervention classes
  • Saturday school
  • Half term and Easter revision sessions
  • External facilitators to deliver revision skills sessions
  • Purchasing of resources and revision materials for students
  • Reward trips and activities

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. When the school was inspected by Ofsted in January 2015, the school was judged good overall, including the use of the pupil premium.

Key Stage 2- 4 value added 2015 (unvalidated)

VA School Score VA National Score
All Pupils994.41000 (Boys only 991.2)
Disadvantaged Pupils990.3976.3
Non-Disadvantaged Pupils1011.81008.5
Difference-21.5-32.2

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 varies by gender.  Boys at the school make better progress than boys nationally regardless of whether they are disadvantaged or not. The school serves a community where the majority of students are entitled to free school meals, this together with the fact that many students who sat their GCSEs in 2015 had very low national curriculum levels on entry means that progress measures for the school are skewed and a direct comparison to national figures is not giving a true picture of the progress that many students make. In spite of this the gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils is much less than the national average. There was no gap in attainment of 5A*-C GCSE with English and maths between the two groups at 53% for both.

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 College Boys’ School received £5,000 Catch Up funding last year and used it to provide 1:1 support for maths and English with the students.