Pupil Premium 2016/17

Students and Pupil Premium

Students on roll year 7-11 1646
Number of students eligible for Pupil Premium  335
Number of students eligible for Looked after Children Pupil Premium  5
Number of students eligible for Services Children Pupil Premium  4
Total amount of Pupil Premium received £313,692

 Results for Pupil Premium students 2016/17

PP Non PP School Gap Improvement in
the school gap
5A*-C inc Eng and Maths at 4+ 45 73 28 10
Basics 9-4 in English and Maths 51 75 24 3
9-4 in English 68 86 18 -2
9-4 in Maths 56 80 24 4
Achieving EBacc 6 17 11 5

How we used Pupil Premium funding

The following interventions, resources and activities were implemented through the Pupil Premium funding:

English teachers

Two extra English teachers were employed to facilitate increased curriculum time for english and extra classes. Some teachers also worked with students in morning intervention time from 8:30 until 9am. Two English coaches worked alongside teachers to support small group work and morning intervention.

In GCSE English 67% of students achieved a Grade 4 or above, this is the highest proportion for a PP cohort. The in school gap widened slightly when compared with the previous year’s A-C figure largely due to the improved performance of non PP students.

Maths teachers

Two extra maths teachers were employed to facilitate additional teaching groups and additional curriculum time for maths. A maths coach worked with underperforming pupil premium students on specific areas of weakness in maths with students in years 10 and 11. Some students attended morning sessions from 8:30 until 9am in all year groups.

In GCSE Maths 56% of the PP students achieved a grade 4+, the in school gap reduced by 4% to 24%.

Attendance Manager

The attendance manager worked closely with students, families and education welfare officers to reduce absence.

Attendance of pupil premium students improved by 0.3% to 93.3% in 2016/17.

Learning Mentors

Pupil Premium students and all LAC students received mentoring support.

24 students were mentored in year 11 and 27 in year 10 by two learning mentors. The mentored cohort of students showed improved attendance from the previous year to the end of the year. There were fewer incidents of negative behaviour and exclusions from the mentored group were lower than in the previous year.

Outdoor Education

Pupil Premium students were supported to attend the year 7 or year 9 outdoor activity residentials. Key year 11 students attended a revision weekend in April.

93% of students who attended the year 11 weekend reported feeling more confident for their exams. Students who attended the weekend outperformed those who didn’t in internal examinations.

98% of students felt more confident about school because they attended the residential. 95% said that they had built better relationships with teachers. 95% believed that they had developed stronger friendships with their peer group. 80% valued the residential because it helped them to overcome worries or fears. 100% of students thought that in the half term after the residential their progress had improved because of the skills developed at the residential.

Music Tuition

All students eligible for Pupil Premium who played instruments received free music tuition.

26 students have received music tuition during this academic year. Two of these students achieved grade 6 in external music examinations.

University Visits

Pupil Premium students in year 9 and 10 visited Newcastle and Northumbria Universities to raise aspirations and allow students to experience a higher education institutions.

ICT / Mobile devices

Students in year 7 received Google Chromebook devices that enabled them to access the curriculum more easily and gave equality of access to ICT provision.

A parental survey was conducted to CLV parents on the impact of Chromebooks.

  • 77% agreed that their child demonstrated improved attitude to their studies
  • 74% agreed that their child was more interested or engaged in the schoolwork
  • 83% agreed that their child is better able to complete homework and schoolwork
  • 63% agreed that their child is more likely to involve them with their schoolwork
  • 85% agreed that their child takes more responsibility for their own learning
  • 96% agreed that their child has developed better IT skills


The Cramlington Teaching and Learning Conference for school staff focussed on “Teach like a Champion” strategies developed by Doug Lemov. Training and coaching also took place around effective behaviour management through Pivotal education.

GCSE results have improved (see table) and rates of exclusions have fallen during 2016/17

Alternative Provision

Three students were supported on an alternative curriculum. Local alternative curriculum providers such as Engage and Skills 4U were used to enable students to access an appropriate curriculum.

Revision Materials

Revision books were given to students in year 11 and 10 across a range of subjects.