Pupil Premium Funding

The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in 2011 and is additional funding that the government gives to schools in order to increase social mobility and reduce the gap in performance between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers.

Schools receive funding for each disadvantaged pupil.

£935 for each pupil eligible for free school meals (FSM) or those who have been eligible at any time in the last 6 years (Ever 6).

£1900 for each pupil who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more or for those who have left care because of:

Special guardianship
Child arrangement order

£300 for each pupil whose parents are service men and women.

It is for the school to determine how our PPG is spent, since we are best placed to evaluate what additional provision is required for individual pupils.

We are required to report on the amount of funding received, how we use it and the impact of any interventions.

Why is PPG provided?

Poverty or low income is the single most important factor in predicting a young person’s life chances. The performance gap between pupils from more or less disadvantaged backgrounds in England is one of the largest among OECD countries (OECD 2014).

The PPG is the best way to address the underlying inequalities and at The Holmesdale School we work tirelessly to ensure inclusion for all learners. We are committed to ensuring that disadvantaged students are provided with opportunities to enable maximum progress.

Overview 2016-17

Total number of pupils (7-11)


Total number of eligible for PPG


% of those eligible for PPG


Expected PPG


Objectives of spend 2016-17

To improve progress and attainment for all disadvantaged students by removing barriers to learning.

To close the existing gaps in outcomes and attendance between disadvantaged pupils and their peers in a context of improving outcomes for all pupils so that they are close to national figures.

Main barriers at The Holmesdale School

There are a number of barriers which affect our disadvantaged young people and we will focus spending on these key areas:

Low literacy levels
Low numeracy levels
Poor attendance – particularly persistent absence
Social, emotional and mental health issues leading to behaviour issues
Lack of engagement through aspiration and opportunity
Historic poor performance in outcomes for this group, leading to low aspirations 

Focus of spend 2016-17

Development of teaching and learning
To ensure quality first teaching
To ensure high quality feedback
Develop meta-cognitive approaches including work on resilience
To reduce gaps in knowledge and understanding through targeted interventions, including peer support
To ensure access to comprehensive revision programmes

To ensure PP students make progress at an accelerated rate

Improved tracking
Identification of barriers
Delivery of interventions 

To improve social and emotional well being:
To reduce behaviour incidents and exclusions
To improve attendance
To improve literacy and numeracy skills 

To raise aspirations:
Ensure all PP pupils remain in education or training
Avoid exclusion
Provide high quality career advice 

To work with VSK to provide high quality support for LAC pupils.


Amount 2016-17

Development of Teaching & Learning


Marking, feedback and collaborative learning


Development of Meta Cognitive Approaches


Revision and after school clubs and revision guides


Pupil Progress






Pupil Premium Champion


Data Manager




Social & Emotional Wellbeing




Educational Psychology Services


Welfare Officer


Student Support Managers




Attendance Officer


Whole School Literacy & Numeracy


TA's to implement specialist literacy & numeracy programmes


Accelerated Reader




Subject Intervention


Maths intervention


English intervention


Homework Support




Ensuring no Pupil Premium students are NEET


Alternative Provision


Alternative Provision Support Assistant


Careers Advisor


Support for LAC students




SULP for secondary schools






Total Spend


PPG Allocation


School Contribution




Interventions will have their impact measured by the use of hard data where possible.

PP progress will be analysed at each data capture point (termly) and interventions evaluated accordingly.

Analysis of end of year data, including external exam results will allow the quality of interventions to be assessed.

Evaluation of PPG spend 2015-16

The PPG for 2015-16 was £178,658






Director of Standards & Achievement, SENCO, SSM


Data Manager




Alternative Curriculum


Revision sessions




Maths & English Intervention


Welfare Support, Youth Worker, Careers Advisor


Accelerated reader & Rapid Plus


Educational Psychology Services


Inclusion Support Service Kent


Numeracy Support


One to One Tuition


Total Spend


PPG Allocation


School Contribution



Impact of PPG

The following tables demonstrate the impact of PPG spending over the last 3 years.

% 5 A*-C Including English & Mathematics (figures in brackets are national averages)





All Students

35 (55)

30 (56)


Non Pupil Premium

40 (62)

35 (63)


Pupil Premium

14 (36)

7 (36)


School Gap

-26 (-26)

-28 (-27)


Gap to National





% Students Making at Least Expected Progress in Mathematics (figures in brackets are national averages)





All Students

49 (65)

46 (66)


Non Pupil Premium

53 (71)

50 (72)


Pupil Premium

31 (48

28 (49)


School Gap

-22 (-23)

-22 (-23)


Gap to National





% Students Making at Least Expected Progress in English (figures in brackets are national averages)





All Students

61 (70)

47 (69)


Non Pupil Premium

63 (75)

54 (74)


Pupil Premium

55 (58)

14 (57)


School Gap

-8 (-17)

-40 (-17)


Gap to National




This demonstrates that both the in school gap and the gap between peers nationally is large but in 2015-16 there has been significant improvement in closing these gaps.

Gaps in attendance are improving but further work is required in current Year 10 where the gap is growing but also in year 9 where the gap is larger than in other years.

There needs to be more carefully targeted funding with the PPG fund in coming years to ensure objectives are fully achieved.


The literacy and numeracy catch up premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or Maths at the end of KS2.

The expected standard in 2016 is a scaled score of 100.

In 2015/16 we received £14,500. We used this funding in the following way;




Transition class – a small teaching group has been created in
year 7 to make teaching and learning of students more
effective. The focus of this group is literacy and numeracy.


Total Spend


PPG Allocation


School Contribution



100% of students involved in the catch up programme increased their spelling age by an average of nearly 4 years.

The Holmesdale School
The Holmesdale School
Malling Road, Snodland, Kent ME6 5HS
Tel: 01634 240416 Fax: 01634 244041

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