Pupil Premium 2015/16

Students and Pupil Premium

Students on roll year 7-11 1651
Number of students eligible for Pupil Premium  347
Number of students eligible for Looked after Children Pupil Premium
Number of students eligible for Services Children Pupil Premium
Total amount of Pupil Premium received  £324,445

How we will use Pupil Premium funding

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

English Coaches

English coaches worked with underperforming pupil premium students on exam technique and preparation for controlled assessment and coursework in years 10 and 11. They worked on developing skills in other year groups on a 1 to 1 basis and in small groups. Some groups also worked with English coaches in morning intervention time from 8:30 until 9am.

IMPACT: In GCSE English 60% of pupil premium students made expected progress this is above the 2015 national average of 57% for pupil premium students and an improvement of 13% compared with 2015. The school gap between pupil premium and non pupil premium students was 16% an improvement of 7%. The gap between the national non pupil premium pupils (from 2015) was 13.7% an improvement of 13.5% compared to 2015 and lower than the national gap of 17%.

Maths Coaches

Maths coaches worked with underperforming pupil premium students on specific areas of weakness in maths with students in years 10 and 11.  They worked on correcting misconceptions to close the gap in other year groups.  Some students attended morning sessions from 8:30 until 9am.

IMPACT: In GCSE Maths 55% of pupil premium students made expected progress this is above the national average of 49% for pupil premium students and an improvement of 19% compared with 2015.  The school gap between pupil premium and non pupil premium students was 17%, an improvement of 20%. The gap between the national non pupil premium pupils (from 2015) was 17% an improvement of 19% compared to 2015 and lower than the national gap of 23%.

Attendance Manager

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

IMPACT: Attendance of pupil premium students improved by 2.5% to 93.1%.

Learning Mentors

Pupil Premium students and all LAC students received mentoring support.

IMPACT: Mentored cohort of students had a higher attendance in the mentoring period than they had previously and showed more positive behaviour in school.

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.

IMPACT: 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.

IMPACT: 25 students have received music tuition during this academic year. One of these is entered for Grade 6 singing.

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.

IMPACT: 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

CPD

The Cramlington Teaching and Learning Conference for school staff focussed on effective learner behaviours and developing growth mindsets in students. Other work in 2015 focussed on effective teacher behaviours for working with disadvantaged students and effective behaviour management.

Alternative Provision

Seven 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.