Pupil Premium Spend 2020-21
Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It is intended to address the underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who are most in need of it.
West London Free School is in the Hammersmith and Fulham borough. Last year, the school was eligible to receive Pupil Premium for 28% of its pupils. Pupil premium is paid at the rate of £955 per eligible pupil. In the academic year ending 31 August 2021 the school received £185,574 in pupil premium funding.
Improvement in the attainment and progress of pupils is the primary objective of the school. The majority of school strategies are designed to achieve this. Pupil premium funding is used for specific initiatives to support the most disadvantaged pupils. We also use Pupil Premium funding to support cultural enrichment initiatives and co-curricular activities such as school trips and clubs. However, opportunities to do so were constrained last year due to the Covid-related restrictions.
Pupil Premium funding is the principal source of funding for the initiatives below. The costings below show how much of the Pupil Premium fund was allocated to disadvantaged children for each provision. The total spending on these provisions for disadvantaged pupils came to £185,574.
- Academic support during the school day (£62,216); Disadvantaged pupils with special educational needs were given priority access to a learning support assistant in lessons (£15,053).Disadvantaged pupils with low numeracy and literacy levels were entered into our Catch-up Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and Tailored Curriculum at Key Stage 4 (£47,163). These interventions involve literacy and numeracy interventions and had an excellent impact on GCSE outcomes. They will be continued this year.
- Co-curricular academic support (£2,520); This includes funding of a pastoral support officer from the West London Zone who provides targeted one-to-one intervention for those who need extra support, including disadvantaged pupils. This intervention will be continued this year.
- Behaviour intervention (£48,766); We maintain high behaviour standards through a range of interventions, primarily involving senior staff. These include a senior staff on-call service, same-day detentions, isolation and behaviour mentoring. Behaviour in lessons, and attitude towards learning, is consistently rated as exceptional in pupil, staff and parent surveys. Pupils in particular appreciate the calm atmosphere in class. The provision will continue this year.
- Cultural Enrichment (£8,919); The WLFS is committed to improving the cultural capital of all pupils, and especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds who may struggle to gain such knowledge in the home. Cultural enrichment is delivered in part through the Great Conversations and Form Time Reading programmes (at a combined cost of £1,919). The school also provides subsidised music lessons for PPI-eligible pupils (£6,638). These provisions will continue this year.
- Share of Safeguarding and Attendance Officer and Heads of Year salary (£55,910); Pupil premium funds have been used to significantly increase attendance rates of disadvantaged groups at the school. A member of staff monitors attendance, carries out home visits, devises and implements intervention strategies, liaises with Heads of Year and meets and supports external agencies who are also maintaining the welfare of our pupils.
- Promoting Pupil Wellbeing (£7,606); The school also employs two counsellors to support disadvantaged children who are experiencing a range of emotional difficulties. The counselling provision will continue this year.
Impact on Pupil Achievement
Our most recent set of national GCSE results remain those from 2019. That year, with support from similar interventions to those listed above, most disadvantaged pupils were entered for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) – 80% at the WLFS (compared to 26% nationally and 50% locally in 2019). The EBacc is a measure introduced by the Department for Education that encourages schools to enter pupils for a range of rigorous and academic qualifications. Our exceptionally high EBacc entry rate demonstrates our high expectations for pupils, regardless of their background.
On most measures, disadvantaged pupils at the WLFS performed far better than 2019 national and local averages. A comparable number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds passed (4+) both English and maths compared to their more affluent peers (68% and 85% respectively). Furthermore, more than half (55%) of disadvantaged pupils achieved grade 5 or above in both English and maths. Across the range of subjects taken, the average grade achieved by disadvantaged pupils was a 5 (Attainment 8 score of 5.3) compared to an average of 5.0 nationally and locally in 2019. Furthermore, 18% of disadvantaged pupils achieved at least five 9-7 grades. More than a quarter (34%) of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium achieved the EBacc 5 (compared to 7% nationally and 22% locally in 2018/19).