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 2020/21 rate of funding increased slightly to £955 per pupil, for children of armed service personnel to £310 per pupil and £2,345 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 applying a tiered approach as recommended by EEF, the three areas are:

  • 1. Teaching
  • 2. Targeted academic support
  • 3. Wider strategies

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 effectively use data based on high quality assessment to identify disadvantaged students that are not making the required progress and target these students for interventions. They will have rigorous plans in place to address under-achievement and by targeting interventions towards those students most in need.

Furness Academy Pupil Premium statement in 2019-2022 was designed in line with DFE recommendation:

  • Set multi-year pupil premium strategies
  • Have a ‘light touch’ review every year

However, in light of recent issues the DFE have stated the following:

Update on pupil premium requirements due to COVID-19

Coronavirus: flexibility in reporting requirements 

The DfE understands that due to coronavirus and school closures, it won’t be possible for schools to evaluate the impact of their pupil premium for all of the 2019/20 academic year.

Instead, they have said schools should monitor and report on the grant’s impact at the end of the 2020/21 financial year. This report should cover the whole period between September 2019 and March 2021, but most of the detail about the grant’s use and impact should be for the period between September 2020 and March 2021.

Therefore, to date it’s not possible to evaluate the impact of the strategies for the academic year 2019-20. A more detailed report on progress against the plan and implementation of any changes due to coronavirus will be detailed in 2020/21.

Furness Academy Pupil Premium Numbers per year group 2020-2021:



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Based on census details, recognising students from the 2019-2020 academic year (1004), the 2020-2021 pupil premium funding allocation is £338,470