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 national data shows that children entitled to free school meals make less progress than children 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 £222,855 for the period Aug 15 - Sept 16.

What did the school do with the money?

The school used the pupil premium to run a variety of intervention classes for students who were not doing as well as they should be. We measure students’ progress regularly in all subjects so that we know that students are getting the best results they can and are on-track for their annual end of year assessments and their end of key stage 4 assessments at 16. The school ran intervention classes in English, mathematics and science as well as in other subjects. The school also employs learning coaches and personal coaches to support students with their personal development which can sometimes hinder students’ progress. Some of the pupil premium supports the salary costs of learning coaches 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 students and ‘other’ students. 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.

The way schools are judged changed in 2016 with the key measures being the average attainment over 8 subjects and the average progression made over 8 subjects from the beginning of Key Stage 3 to the end of Key Stage 4. Schools are judged by comparing their outcomes against all schools nationally to see whether they are doing better or worse.

For the Pupil Premium the measure used to judge ‘value added’ or how well a school is doing for its students, is the progress measure; called Progress 8 or P8. For a school to be making average or similar progress to all schools nationally the score will be zero, a score above zero shows that the school is doing better for its students than other schools nationally, a score below zero, or a minus score, shows that the school is not doing as well for its students as all other schools nationally. Most scores are between plus 0.5 and minus 0.5. This would represent attainment of half a GCSE grade above or below the expected level than if the score was zero. A school with a score of plus 0.5 or more is likely to be judged outstanding by Ofsted, a school with a score of minus 0.5 or lower is likely to be considered for ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted.

School level data shows the average Progress 8 score as minus 0.19, with disadvantaged students (mainly those entitled to free school meals) making lower progress at minus 0.37. Progress 8 nationally in 2016 was minus 0.03 and this implies that the boys at this school are not making good enough progress when compared to national figures.

However, the national figures do not take account of the significant numbers of students at the school entitled to the pupil premium, all the students at the school receiving the pupil premium are entitled to free school meals (FSM) -this is 77% of the students that took exams last year. Nationally, Progress 8 for students entitled to FSM was minus 0.46 which is well-below the boys’ school’s results.

However we also need to factor in that boys make significantly less progress between Key Stage 2 and 4 than girls nationally; so an allowance for this also needs to be made. Nationally the boys’ Progress 8 score is minus 0.17; very close to the boys’ school score; without taking disadvantage into account.

If the school figures are reworked to allow for the skew provided by the high percentage of FSM then the school’s Progress 8 score would need to be minus 0.36 to equal the national Progress 8 score of minus 0.03.  If we then add the factor for a boys’ only cohort the figure becomes minus 0.53. Therefore the school is performing at plus 0.34 above the estimated progress level and is doing very well for all its students. This is one third of a GCSE grade better progress, across the board, than all schools nationally.

Non disadvantaged students do particularly well as they have an average Progress 8 score of plus 0.41 as against a national average of plus 0.1; this is without any adjustment for a boys’ only cohort. This is almost half a GCSE grade better progress, across the board, than all schools nationally for non-disadvantaged students.

The gap between those entitled to FSM and all students within the school is also significantly lower (-0.18) than the national average (minus 0.43) showing that the school is closing the gap more quickly than all schools nationally; this demonstrates that the school is making very effective use of the pupil premium to close the gap between advantaged and less advantaged students. Fulham College Boys’ School’s Progress 8 score was top 35% of schools in the country in 2016; without adjusting for disadvantage and gender.  Fulham College Boys’ School continues to help its pupils make very good progress.

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 £3,000 Catch Up funding last year and used it to provide 1:1 support for maths and English with the students.