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Pupil Premium and Catch Up

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and was allocated to children whose families were eligible for, and claiming, free school meals. The school receives additional funding in the form of Pupil Premium for children entitled to free school meals in the last 6 years, children in care and children of parents in the armed forces. From September 2014, pupils recently adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order were also eligible for additional funding.


The 2018/19 rate of funding remains at £935 per pupil, for children of armed service personnel will be £300 per pupil and £2,300 for Children Looked After and Post LAC (adopted). This money is to be used in narrowing the gap between the progress of pupils who are “disadvantaged".


If you feel that your child is eligible for the Pupil Premium but don’t currently claim for Free School Meals, please click here for the application process.


At Furness Academy

Any student who is not meeting expected progress will be given a range of support and it is Academy policy to support students eligible for the Pupil Premium and ensure that they do not fall behind or ensure they catch up if they are behind when they arrive with us.

We have focused the spending of this funding in five areas: 


1.      Interventions addressing Teaching and Learning

2.      Interventions addressing emotional, social and behavioural needs

3.      Interventions addressing educational Support Needs

4.      Interventions addressing underachievement in Literacy and Numeracy

5.      Interventions addressing financial hardship need.

We have also made effective use of educational research conducted by a range of educationalists and in particular the Sutton Trust Toolkit in supporting us to determine the most effective strategies to implement and inform decision making. 

For this academic year, we have looked at initiatives we have found previously to have made good impact and also funding a number of new strategies to provide support, Intervention and enrichment activities.

The performance of the Pupil Premium cohort will be improved by ensuring that classroom teachers are analysis data to identify issues, have rigorous plans in place to address under-achievement and by targeting interventions towards those students most in need.

Download Furness Academy ‘Closing the Gap Approach’ document:

Closing the Gap Approach document


Furness Academy Pupil Premium Numbers per year group 2019-2020: 


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Based on census details, recognising students from the 2018-2019 academic year (863), the 2019-2020 pupil premium funding allocation is £313,225.


The links below enable you to see, how we intend to use the funding this year;

Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-2020 and 2018-2019 Review

Year 7 Catch Up Programme

Student Experience

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