FSMs are claimed for children by parents who receive a qualifying state benefit. In the Spring school census in 2017 there were 319 fewer pupils eligible and claiming FSMs than recorded in the Spring census in 2014; in 2014 there were 2,254 (9.8 per cent of pupils) and in 2017 1,935 (8.3 per cent of pupils).
At key stage 2 (KS2) 47 per cent of Herefordshire FSM pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths. Under the Diminishing the difference agenda, performance or FSM pupils is benchmarked against the national performance of pupils not eligible for FSMs, which in 2017 was 65 per cent.
At key stage 4 (KS4), the average Attainment 8 score of FSM pupils across Herefordshire was 31.7. Nationally the Attainment 8 score for non FSM pupils was 48.2.
The DfE defines a disadvantaged pupil as those eligible for FSMs at any time during the last 6 years, or those children who are looked after by the local authority for at least one day, or who have left care through adoption, residence order, special guardianship order, or child arrangement order.
At KS2 47 per cent of Herefordshire disadvantaged pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths. Nationally, 68 per cent of pupils who were not classed as disadvantaged achieved the expected standard.
At KS4 the average Attainment 8 score for disadvantaged pupils was 34.3. The average Attainment 8 score across England for non-disadvantaged pupils was 49.9.
The largest language groups other than English in the spring 2017 school census were Polish (774 pupils), Lithuanian (148 pupils), Romanian (101 pupils) and Portuguese (75 pupils). In spring 2013, a total of 58 first languages other than English were recorded in the school census. By spring 2017, 67 first languages other than English were recorded in Herefordshire schools.
The performance of pupils whose first language is other than English will be affected by the length of time that they have resided and been educated in England. Those with several years of state education are likely to perform better than newly arrived pupils with fewer English speaking skills.
At KS2, 59 per cent of Herefordshire EAL pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths. EAL performance is benchmarked against the performance of all pupils nationally, which in 2017 was 62 per cent.
At KS4, the average attainment 8 score of EAL pupils was 42.7. The average Attainment 8 score for all pupils across England was 46.4.
Last updated: Wednesday, May 02, 2018