Children who are Looked After attract a higher rate of funding than children from low-income families – the ‘pupil premium plus’, is £1,900 per pupil for 2016-17. This is to reflect the unique challenges they face at school where they often struggle to keep up with their peers at both primary and secondary level.
This funding is to enable pupils to:
- improve their levels of attainment and progress;
- close attainment gaps relative to their peers;
- ensure equality of opportunity across the curriculum and beyond.
In 2016, differences between students eligible for the pupil premium grant and others all decreased in the follow measures:
- Attainment 8
- Progress 8
- Percentage achieving the English Baccalaureate
- Percentage achieving the basics and the
- Percentage achieving 5 GCSEs including English and mathematics
In 2015 the attainment difference between Pupil Premium and others in the 5+A*-C IEM measure was 30.9% and in 2016 this was reduced to 28.4%. Other differences that reduced include progress 8 (-0.55 to -0.38) and attainment 8 (-16.27 to -12.19). In comparison to other disadvantaged students nationally, our 2016 attainment 8 score is 1.44 higher and progress 8 score is 0.18 higher.
Differences in the progress scores for the English Baccalaureate reduced from -1.14 to -0.48. The same scores in the open pot increased from -0.01 to -0.19.
In 2016 there was an increase of 12.1% of students eligible for the grant whom achieved the English Baccalaureate; the difference in this measure decreased from -31% to -15.2%.
There were 36/163 students in Year 11 in receipt of the grant and of these 42% achieved the basics measure with progress scores and attainment scores of -0.35/9 in English and -0.21/8.1 in mathematics.