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The allocation of the Pupil Premium in 2015/16 at Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre

The Pupil Premium has been paid to the school since April 2011. It has been allocated by the Government to children from lower-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (and from April 2012 for those who have registered for Free School Meals at any stage in the past six years). It is also paid for children who have been looked after in care continuously for more than six months, for children of a parent serving in the Armed Forces and for adopted children.

Statement of Principles

  1. We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our pupils.

  2. All focused interventions are aimed at vulnerable pupils and those receiving the Pupil Premium are given priority. However, with limited resources available this does not mean that all free school meal or previous free school meal children will be in receipt of additional interventions at any one point in time.

  3. Pupil Premium funding is allocated according to a needs analysis of the pupils to which the funding is attached.

  4. Some Pupil Premium funding will have a very positive impact on pupils to whom the funding is not attached and particularly where there are group interventions. This is important to assist other pupils than the FSM group who may, or may not be socially disadvantaged.

  5. We aim to ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals are socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all pupils that are socially disadvantaged are registered, or have been registered, to qualify for free school meals.

  6. Our aim is to close the gaps between the whole school performance of pupils and that of the Pupil Premium pupils by tailoring interventions and thus applying funding where most needed.

Areas of expenditure in 2015/16

In the last academic year the school received a total of £405,413 for the pupil premium.

This money has supported the education of students covered by the premium and has helped in the cost of educational provision as detailed below:

  • Pupil Support Fund – this is a school fund to assist parents with the costs of trips and visits, educational expenditure and also uniform. Total £16,079.
  • Learning support on a group or individual basis. This is using the Learning support assistants in and out of the classroom to support pupils with a range of additional learning and behavioural needs It is also to help with additional support for speech and learning needs. We have calculated this expenditure for pupil premium pupils at £176,438.
  • Attendance monitoring, bereavement counselling, anger management courses, CAF plans, community support, support for young carers and general counselling – total spend = £49,125.
  • Healthy relationships courses, mentoring of all pupils, college pastoral care and counselling shows an investment of £73,600.
  • Alternative Curriculum – the school has a specialist centre for dealing with short-term and medium student needs away from the classroom. Apportioned spend £35,345.
  • Student Support Centre – for students to learn and be supported away from the main school after physical injury or stressful times. Apportioned spend = £1,100.

Provision of I pads for years 7 and 8 from September 2015 – 72 pupils assisted at a cost of £30,240.

  • “Take up the challenge” courses for pupils lacking confidence and “My Zone” – safe lunch hour activities for vulnerable students = £9,850.
  • Attendance, organisation and subsidies for trips and visits, young farmers support and other school activities etc. totalled £28,350.
  • Out of hours revision courses for GCSE Maths and English and Science intervention costs = £9,150.   
  • The free school meal allowance from Government funding has a shortfall against the daily meal deal. Top–up to cover this and the provision of free meals across the year for other vulnerable children = £23,030.
  • Training sessions to staff on using the pupil premium and closing the gap plus administration of the pupil premium funding and the pupil support fund = £12,750.

Each of these areas have been fully calculated for costs involved and we have detailed database information underlying the summaries provided here.

There are many other areas which have not been included including support for learning packages and support services. Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre makes a significant contribution from the general grant provided by Government towards the education of those children for whom the pupil premium is provided. The interventions and support noted above total £465,057 but they are far from exclusive.

In 2016/17 the pupil premium will increase to about £420k and we will continue the above interventions plus provide additional support mechanisms where identified and needed.

The pupil premium for secondary pupils is paid at the rate of £935 per student and £1,900 per adopted student. The individual amounts are set by the Government each year and paid from April (next review due before April 2017).

Performance levels 2015/16

The first table below shows the performance of Pupil Premium students over the past three years for levels of progress and then there is a further table showing the GCSE results for 2014/15 and comparing these with the previous year.

Levels of Progress

Area 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15

Unvalidated Outcomes
2015/16

Maths - percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
ALL STUDENTS
64 67 66 50
Maths - percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS
42 53 44 39
Gap between PP and ALL 22 14 22 11
Maths - percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
CURRENT FSM STUDENTS
39 50 50 37
Gap between FSM and ALL 25 17 16 13
English - percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
ALL STUDENTS
62 68 71 67
English - percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS
50 59 54 65
Gap between PP and ALL 12 9 17 2
English - percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
CURRENT FSM STUDENTS
54 65 63 60
Gap between FSM and ALL 8 3 8 5

It can be seen from this table that the gaps fell for the number of students achieving 3 plus levels of progress in Maths and English both for current free school meal students and also the full pupil premium students. In English the gap closed by 13% to just 2% and in Maths the gap closed by 11% to 11%. This is a very positive move in both areas.

GCSE RESULTS

 

2014

2015

2016

% Achieving A*- C in English and Maths – ALL STUDENTS

52

56

48

% Achieving A*- C in English and Maths – PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS

30

34

39

GAP BETWEEN PP AND ALL

22

22

9

% Achieving A*- C  in English

 ALL STUDENTS

64

71

64

% Achieving A*- C in English

PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS

41

60

63

GAP BETWEEN PP AND ALL

23

11

1

% Achieving A*- C in  Maths                    ALL STUDENTS

63

62

53

% Achieving A*- C in  Maths– PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS

44

40

40

GAP BETWEEN PP AND ALL

19

22

13

The GAPS narrowed for both English and Maths. For English the position was almost the same as for the whole cohort. In Maths, the gap closed by 9% which was a strong performance.

Summary

In 2015/16 the school was successful in closing the gap for GCSE performance year on year and also in closing the gap for levels of progress for pupil premium students in all areas.

During 2016/17 we will continue to focus on all Pupil Premium students. We wish to build on the excellent progress made in 2015/16 and to give these students the strongest possible foundation for their future.