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Pupil Premium Overview

Pupil Premium

Cromwell Community College receives extra funding for pupils who are eligible for free school meals or have been at any time in the last six years.  We also receive extra funding to support children from forces families.  The intention is that we can use the extra funding to support the progress and attainment of those pupils so that they achieve at least as highly as other pupils. The DFE has given us the freedom to use Pupil Premium as we see it fit, based upon our knowledge of our pupils’ needs. It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, we are accountable for the use of this additional funding.

  • Number of pupils eligible for pupil premium 2015-16: 245
  • Amount of funding received 2015-16:                 £229,075

We believe that the best way for disadvantaged pupils to catch up with their peers is through our core concept of achievement for all pupils. Through setting the highest expectations, maintaining a strong ethos of achievement, delivering high quality teaching and putting in place effective interventions we promote a culture and ethos where learning flourishes and every pupil matters.  

We also believe that the best way to accelerate progress for pupil premium pupils is to accelerate progress for all pupils. From the class of 2017 onwards, the vast majority of pupils have been set targets of five levels of progress between the end of KS2 and the end of KS4.

Attainment

Our pupil premium pupils come to us with lower attainment at KS2, so even though they make similar progress, their GCSE results tend to be lower. We do not accept that this reflects lower ability.

Research suggests that disadvantaged pupils may have fallen behind other pupils in terms of attainment by the age of seven. We have therefore set more challenging targets for our disadvantaged pupils in the class of 2016 in the belief that, by making more rapid progress during key stages three and four, they can achieve and attain as highly as any of their peers. The gap between outcomes at A*-C for our disadvantaged pupils and the national average for other pupils is narrowing, year on year.

5 GCSE A*-C (EM)

CCC Pupil Premium

CCC Other Pupils

National Other

Gap

2013-14

29%

59%

62%

33%

2014-15

38%

58%

63%

25%

2015-16

44%

71%

63%

19%

 

Progress

Our Y11 pupil premium pupils made excellent progress in English this year, improving from 56% last year to 80% this year, though the figure for maths slipped from 62% to 53%. Redressing that will be a priority this year. 78% of pupil premium pupils going into Y10 this year have already made two levels* of progress in English.

*We no longer use national curriculum levels. By a level of progress, we mean a GCSE grade.

Expected Progress

English 2015

English 2016

Maths 2015

Maths 2016

Pupil Premium

56

80

62

55

Others

76

90

68

79

National other

74

74

72

72

KS3 (cumulative)

 

English PP

 

1LP

2LP

3LP

4LP

Y7

75%

8%

 

 

Y8

92%

67%

2%

 

Y9

90%

78%

41%

3%

 

 

Maths PP

 

1LP

2LP

3LP

4LP

Y7

42%

 

 

 

Y8

89%

20%

2%

 

Y9

87%

53%

16%

1%

Behaviour for Learning

We believe that increasing access and participation will increase engagement and aspiration. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who attended a trip, visit or fixture last year was high.

 

% attending Trip, Visit or Fixture

Disadvantaged

Y7

91%

Y8

74%

Y9

89%

 

The raising of aspirations means that our disadvantaged pupils are more likely to stay in education, employment or training.

NEET

School

County

Y12

25% (I pupil)

50%

Y13

25% (2 pupils)

36%

Y14

20% (2 pupils)

30%

 

Attendance for our disadvantaged pupils last year was 92%, up from 91.4% the year before. The county average is 91.5%.

Expenditure

Our decisions on expenditure are informed by the research of the Education Endowment Foundation.

 

Our own experience is that mentoring, when the mentors are of a certain status, and small group tuition are the most effective ways we have of increasing achievement. We have increased the quality of feedback for all pupils across the school. We are introducing a scheme of peer mentoring, matching pupils in Y10 with students in Y12.

 

Budget

Our budget for 2016-17 is as follows:

Staffing Costs

 

Additional English Teacher

41,657

Specialist English Teaching Assistant

6,643

Specialist Maths Teaching Assistant

21,727

Intervention Support Co-ordinator

19,654

50% Attendance Officer

12,038

Minibus Driver

3,229

SWITCH Teaching Assistant

11,161

Inclusion Tutor

11,833

Inclusion Lead

16,418

Inclusion Teaching Assistant

12,585

Mentoring

10,260

Total Staffing Costs

167,205

   

Other Expenditure

 

Curriculum development – PP engagement

25,000

Specialist Tutors

32,370

50% Education Welfare Officer

4,500

Total Other Expenditure

61,870

   

Total Pupil Premium Expenditure

229,075

 

Responsibility

Andrew Hunter, Vice Principal, is responsible for the attainment and achievement of all pupils, including those for whom we receive pupil premium funding, and for all aspects of pupil premium planning and funding. He can be contacted at the college.

Eligibility

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Please use the link below to see if your child qualifies and how to apply:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals/cambridgeshire

The application form is easy to complete, but we are happy to help you with it at school if you would like us to.