Pupil Premium 2014-2015

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The allocation of the Pupil Premium in 2014/15 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 2014/15

In the last academic year the school received a total of £361,883 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 £14,277.

  • 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 £214,929.

  • Attendance monitoring, bereavement counselling, CAF plans, community support and general counselling - total spend = £30,800.

  • Healthy relationships courses, mentoring of all pupils, college pastoral care and restorative justice intervention shows an investment of £57,880.

  • Alternative Curriculum - the school has a specialist centre for dealing with short-term and medium student needs away from the classroom. Apportioned spend £47,675.

  • Student Support Centre - for students to learn and be supported away from the main school after physical injury or stressful times. Apportioned spend = £7,700.

  • Provision of iPads for year 7 from September 2014 - 27 pupils assisted at a cost of £11,340.

  • "Take up the challenge" courses for pupils lacking confidence and "My Zone" - safe lunch hour activities for vulnerable students = £2,920.

  • "Take up the healthy challenge" - exercise and food programme, attendance and organisation of trips and visits, young farmers support etc. totalled £16,800.

  • Out of hours revision courses for GCSE Maths and English and Science intervention costs = £6,750.

  • 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 = £21,422.

  • 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 = £6,500.

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 £438,993 but they are not exclusive.

In 2015/16 the Pupil Premium will increase to about £400k 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 2016).

Performance levels 2014/15

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

Expected Outcomes

Maths - percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
64 67 66 63
Maths - percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
42 53 44 48
Gap between PP and ALL 22 14 22 15
Maths - percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
39 50 50 46
Gap between FSM and ALL 25 17 16 17
English - percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
62 68 71 80
English - percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
50 59 54 77
Gap between PP and ALL 12 9 17 3
English - percentage achieving 3+ levels of progress from KS2 to KS4
54 65 63 68
Gap between FSM and ALL 8 3 8 12

The gaps between progress for Pupil Premium and Free School Meal students and the whole cohort in both English and Maths narrowed in 2014. For Pupil Premium students, the gap has widened again in 2015 but the gap in Maths progress between students who are currently Free School Meals narrowed to 16%. The gap in English progress for current Free School Meal students remained narrow at 8%. The data suggests that in 2015 we narrowed the gaps in progress more effectively for those who are currently on Free School Meals than for those who have been Free School Meals in the past whereas in 2014, the progress gap narrowed for all Pupil Premium students.

GCSE Results

Area 2014 2015 Expected Outcomes
Percentage achieving 5A*-C inc En/Ma
46 50 54
Achieving 5A*-C inc En/Ma
27 31 46
Gap between PP and ALL 19 19 6
Percentage achieving A*-C in English and Maths
52 56 58
Percentage achieving A*-C in English and Maths
30 34 50
Gap between PP and ALL 22 22 8

The gap between Pupil Premium students and the whole cohort in the percentage of students achieving 5A*-C including English and Mathematics remained constant at 19% in 2015. However, the gap for the Free School Meals sub-group closed considerably to 11%.


Overall the school was successful in maintaining the same level for GCSE performance year on year and in closing the gap for levels of progress for current Free School Meal pupils.

During 2015/16 we will continue to focus on all Pupil Premium students as noted above. The results highlight the need for an even closer review of the performance of those students who are not currently receiving free school meals but who have done so in the past few years. This will help with our clear intention to close the overall Pupil Premium gap in performance when compared with the whole school figures.

Update March 2016

In-year assessments take place throughout the year and these allow us to track the progress of students and identify expected outcomes in 2016.  Following the assessments in February 2016, expected outcomes for Pupil Premium students in Year 11 show a narrowing of the gap in comparison with 2015. The gap in 3+ levels of progress is expected to reduce from 22% to 15% in Maths and from 17% to 3% in English.  The gap in percentage of students achieving A*-C in English and Maths is expected to drop from 22% to 8%.  These expected outcomes are shown in the right-hand column of the table above.