Pupil & Catch Up Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.

Disadvantaged pupils are pupils that have been recorded as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years (Ever 6 FSM) or pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for more than six months by the local authority

The amount of pupil premium allocated to FGS in the financial year 2014/15 was £156,613 and for 2015/16 this figure was £171,105.

At FGS the pupil premium has been spent in a co-ordinated way to ensure that disadvantaged students receive both additional support and resources. The impact of this funding has been to support and enhance our existing intervention strategies for students who would otherwise have been disadvantaged and has allowed them to experience the full range of opportunities offered.

The Strategic Leadership Team review the impact of these measures to ensure that they represent both value for money and play a direct role in improving the achievements and quality of learning for students of all abilities.

Additional support includes:
• Dedicated time from the Director of Progress & Achievement to monitor the academic progress of the pupil premium cohort
• Provision of Sisra to provide an intellectual monitoring tool allowing the tracing and monitoring of the pupil premium cohort
• Access to counselling services for students
• Literacy intervention work with small groups of pupils
• Provision of "Lexia" and "Accelerated Reader" programmes to develop students' reading skills
• Study support interventions
• Additional literacy & numeracy one to one tuition
• Mentoring and coaching through Heads of House
• "Cloud 9" and Breakfast Club intervention work with vulnerable students
• Personalised learning allowing pupils to access vocational courses
• Holiday revision sessions
• Exam revision sessions
• Frog VLE to enhance the experiences and increase the ability for students to access homework
• Financial support for trips and visits to allow the pupil premium cohort full access to enrichment
• Monitoring and tracking provided by the schools Data Officer
• Monitoring of financial support by the schools Finance Manager
• One to one or group music tuition financially supported
• Dedicated in school careers advice through the Connexions service
• Rewards
• Attendance strategies
• Provision of a Hardship fund providing financial support for essential items such as school uniform