Use of the Disadvantaged Students’ Funding in 2016/17

What is Disadvantaged Students’ Funding ?

The Disadvantaged Students’ Funding provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as pupils from less deprived families. Currently, the funding is worth £935 and goes to students who are currently on Free School Meals.  Students in care, who have been looked after by local authorities for more than six months, also continue to qualify for the Disadvantaged Students’ Funding.  From 2012-13, the Government extended its reach to cover any child that has been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) in the past six years.

Why is there Disadvantaged Students’ Funding?

Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.

Disadvantaged Students’ Funding Update

Please see  the document Disadvantaged Students’ Funding for the draft proposals for 2016/17 development

Disadvantaged Students Finance Planning & Evaluation Document 2016-17 (November 2016)