Pupil Premium 2013 - 2014

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The allocation of the Pupil Premium in 2013/14 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 2013/14 

In the last academic year the school received a total of £308,014 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 £13,603.
  • 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. We have calculated this expenditure for Pupil Premium pupils at £207,370.
  • Attendance monitoring, bereavement counselling, community support and general counselling – total spend = £15,290.
  • Healthy relationships courses, mentoring of all pupils and mini school pastoral care and restorative justice intervention shows an investment of £49,900.
  • Alternative Curriculum – the school has a specialist centre for dealing with short-term and medium student needs away from the classroom. Apportioned spend £41,520.
  • Early intervention group – specialist group work for student needs in the earlier years away from the classroom - £8,000.
  • Student Support Centre – for students to learn and be supported away from the main school after physical injury or stressful times. Apportioned spend = £16,800.
  • Provision of I pads for year 7 from September 2013 – 25 pupils assisted at a cost of £9,750.
  • “Take up the challenge” courses for pupils lacking confidence and “My Zone” – safe lunch hour activities for vulnerable students = £6,850.
  • “Take up the healthy challenge” – exercise and food programme and attendance and organisation of trips and visits totalled £17,550.
  • Out of hours revision courses for GCSE Maths and English and personal study plans = £3,550.   

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 £390,183 but they are not exclusive.

In 2014/15 the Pupil Premium will increase to about £330k and we will continue the above interventions plus provide additional support mechanisms where needed. The base level secondary school level of support at £935 per pupil is likely to remain the same in 2015/16 although we have not yet had confirmation of this (Pupil Premium rates apply from April through to March each year and not with the academic year).

Performance levels 2013/14

One of the best measures of pupil performance is to see the levels of improvement from when they joined Homewood (end of Key Stage 2) to the end of year 11 (end of Key Stage 4). This measures performance for all pupils, whatever the level of starting point.

The table below shows that in this key measure the gap between the performance of the Pupil Premium students and the whole of the students in year 11 at the end of Key stage 4, has narrowed significantly in both Maths and English.  It is also worth mentioning that the Maths gap at 14% measures well against the all Kent schools figure of 28% and the English gap at 9% against the all Kent schools total of 22%.

Area

2012/13

2013/14

Maths –  percentage achieving 3 levels of progress from KS2 to KS4

ALL STUDENTS

 

64

 

67

Maths –  percentage achieving 3 levels of progress from KS2 to KS4

PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS

 

42

 

53

The gap between these figures

22

14

English –  percentage achieving 3 levels of progress from KS2 to KS4 

ALL STUDENTS

 

62

 

68

English – percentage achieving 3 levels of progress from KS2 to KS4

PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS

 

50

 

59

The gap between these figures

12

9

Summary

It is very pleasing to see the continued excellent performance of the Pupil Premium students in 2013/14 and with the various strategies and interventions for 2014/2015 we are confident that this will continue. These students are very much “under the radar” and we continually review our actions and strategies to ensure that they get the best possible support in their education.