Pupil Premium Summary 2014/15

Launceston College
For the period to 31st August 2015

In 2014/15 Launceston College received £269,852 of pupil premium funding.  This was spent on the following interventions and supportive measures.

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Student support:                £68,669

A number of support strategies have been implemented including the following:

  • Student support centre (SSC)
  • Professional counselling
  • Social skills group, peer mentoring and praise.
  • Key stage coordinator, Head of House, pastoral and attendance support.

The key target in this area is to improve attainment through a focus on social and emotional learning (SEL).

The student support centre provides a secure environment for students with social and emotional difficulties so that they can maximise their progress in their studies. It provides support for; students that are new to the school and need additional support with their studies, anger management, behaviour modification and those that lack confidence.

SEL is deemed by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to have a significant impact on learning, relationships and attainment, which can lead to up to four months additional progress.

Year 11 Students that attended the Student Support Centre (SSC) during 2014-15 successfully completed their examinations,  50% of these  students achieved 5 A*-C including English and Maths.  These students maintained a gradual progression with their core subjects and completed expected target goals.

Literacy intervention:                    £54,700

We implemented a number of interventions to improve literacy:

  • Accelerated reader
  • Read, Write, Inc.
  • 1:1 reading and writing classes
  • Literacy support
  • Reading mentoring, creative writing classes and handwriting club.

Accelerated reader is a reading programme that encourages and promotes daily reading thus increasing reading ages. 79 pupil premium students were enrolled on the accelerated reader programme in years 7 and 8. Over 12 million words have been read by those pupil premium students. 81% of the pupil premium students enrolled are making progress above the national benchmark.

Read, Write, Inc. is a literacy intervention programme targeted at students with reading difficulties. Small groups of year 7 students have 1 hour of input a day, 5 days a week. The EEF reports that pupils engaged in 1:1 reading and writing tuition can make up to 5 months additional progress.  Results to date have shown that participating students at Launceston College, on average, made 18 months progress over the 10 months of the course

Year 8 literacy support is provided 3 hours a week for students with reading difficulties in year 8. In the school year 2014-15 the pupil premium students accessing this support increased their reading ages by 2 additional months on average.  The EEF states that small group tuition can boost progress by up to 4 months.

Year 11 students below their GCSE target attended intervention sessions weekly for feedback and targeted support in the 2014-15 school year. Between 2013 and 2015 the gap between pupil premium students and non pupil premium students making 3 levels of progress in English narrowed by 25 percentage points.  The EEF deems feedback to be a high impact intervention, which can lead to up to eight months additional progress.

In addition, the use of individualised instruction and different learning styles through specific intervention groups can boost progress by up to 2 months each.

Numeracy intervention:    £18,018

Students with poor numeracy skills are invited to after school numeracy intervention sessions once a week. Results for the 2014-15 school year showed that the disadvantaged low ability students performed better in maths than the other low ability students in the rest of the country. This can be traced backed to the intervention at KS3 giving them a better start to their GCSE course and the weekly targeted intervention sessions.

Behaviour intervention:   £31,951

Ensuring excellent behaviour is an area of great importance for Launceston College and one we feel makes a significant contribution to students learning, which is supported by the outstanding judgement in our Ofsted report.

A number of strategies are in place to promote excellent behaviour, with a zero tolerance approach to behaviour that is deemed unacceptable.  Students are removed immediately from class using our ‘on call’ system and placed in an environment where their behaviour can be addressed and supportive measures put in place using our IER room or off site centre.  A considerable investment is made in TAC meetings, the involvement of family support workers and social workers.

The EEF strongly supports behaviour interventions and states that they can produce significant improvements in academic performance, particularly when interventions are matched to specific students.  Research estimates that behaviour intervention can boost progress by up to 4 months in one year.

Late bus:                              £19,489

Launceston College runs a ‘late bus’ that provides free transport to students that live out of town to enable them to attend after school lessons and revision sessions, ensuring that no child is disadvantaged.  33 pupil premium students made use of the late bus in 2014/15 with 455 trips home from after school activities ensuring that the pupil premium students have equality of access compared to their peers.

EEF research estimates that after school programmes can boost progress by up to two months over a year and running the late bus ensures that students at Launceston College can access these after school programmes.

Intervention coordination:           £13,638

We have invested in a member of staff to coordinate and provide targeted interventions and monitor progress to ensure that all pupil premium students are receiving effective support.

Other subject intervention:          £15,145

Student specific interventions take place where required to improve attainment in a number of subjects including Humanities, Science, PE, Music and Drama.

Data from the humanities intervention, for example, shows that between the mock exams and the final GCSE exams the following percentage points’ increase was made in the pupil premium students’ performance:

  % A*-A % Points increase A*-C % Points increase 3+ levels of progress
Geography 0% in mock exam 12% in mock exam 6% in mock exam
  3% in actual exam 55%in the actual exam 53% in the actual exam
  Increase of 3% Increase of 43% Increase 47%
History 5% in mock exam 25% in the mock exam 20% in mock exam
  5% in actual exam 33% in the actual exam 24% in the actual exam
  Increase 8% Increase of 4%

Summer school:                 £17,587

Summer school at Launceston College combines adventure learning with academic activities and aids the transition from primary to secondary school.  98% of students attending the 2015 summer school reported that they feel more confident starting year 7 at Launceston College due to the summer school.  In observing year 7 lessons at the start of the 2015 autumn term, it was noted that the teachers involved in summer school had a greater knowledge of the students and were able to meet their learning needs more effectively as the result of the summer school.

The EEF states that summer schools can advance progress by up to 2 months.

Other:                                                £16,789

Launceston College understand the importance of providing focussed interventions and as such, we have implemented a number of support measures targeted at individual or smaller groups of students where the need is greatest.

A specifically trained support assistant with focus on autism provides direct support to individual pupils and delivers social skills intervention courses to small groups.  The EEF states that TAs who support individual pupils or small groups show higher positive benefit than those that support whole classes, with an estimated one month additional progress.

Other areas that have been funded by pupil premium include gifted and talented strategies, additional music tuition, revision material and exam support.

Adventure learning:                       £8,364

The College runs an adventure learning residential trip for year 7 and 9 students to promote practical problem solving, reflection and team building.  The EEF state that adventure learning interventions consistently show positive benefits on academic learning and wider outcomes such as self-confidence and can advance progress by up to 3 months.

Launceston College strongly believes in the benefits of adventure learning on academic learning and consistently sees positive results in confidence and behaviour following the residential trips.

Study support:                    £14,227

Launceston College runs a well-attended homework club to assist students with completing their homework as well as holiday revision schools for older students to provide exam revision support and guidance.  Research states that the impact of homework on learning is consistently positive and can lead to, on average, five months additional progress.

Total:                                     £278,557 (£269,852 of which was pupil premium funding received in 14/15)


Percentage of pupils attaining 5 or more A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and mathematics at key stage 4:

5A*-C Inc. English and Maths 2015
Percentage of students achieving (2015 data shown in brackets for comparison) National 2015 Launceston CollegeWhole cohort Launceston CollegeNon Pupil premium cohort Launceston CollegePupil Premium cohort
Low ability 6 6 14 6
Middle ability 50 60 80 41
High ability 90 99 98 100
All Students 56 66 75 (63) 37 (36)

The percentage of pupil premium students attaining 5 or more A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and mathematics at key stage 4 has increased by 13 percentage points from 2013-15. The pupil premium cohort at Launceston College achieved better than the national 2015 pupil premium cohort. In the high ability and lower ability ranges pupil premium students produced results as good as or better than whole national cohort.

Percentage achieving expected progress in English:

English 3+ Levels of progress
 Percentage of students achieving (2015 data shown in brackets for comparison) National 2015 Whole cohort Non Pupil premium cohort Pupil Premium cohort
Low ability 52 45 57 35
Middle ability 68 84 95 83
High ability 81 97 98 90
All Students 70 85 90 65(57)

The percentage of pupil premium students making 3 levels progress in English has increased by 17 percentage points from 2013-15. The pupil premium students at Launceston College made better progress in English than pupil premium students nationally. The middle and higher ability pupil premium students at Launceston College made better progress than the national whole cohort. The lowest ability students in English did not take English Literature and therefore the three levels of progress data is supressed. We are moving towards English Literature for all students in future years.

Percentage achieving expected progress in maths:

Maths 3+ Levels of progress
 Percentage of students achieving (2015 data shown in brackets for comparison) National 2015 Whole cohort Non Pupil premium cohort Pupil Premium cohort
Low ability 32 23 33 24
Middle ability 67 65 82 41
High ability 82 86 89 70
All Students 66 66 77 38(49)

The whole cohort at Launceston College made similar progress to national but this is an area of focus for pupil premium students. Our main work will be with level 4 pupil premium students in maths.

2015/16 SUMMARY

In 2015/16 we expect to receive around £220,000 in pupil premium funding.  We will continue with the wide range of focussed interventions in attempt to further narrow the gap in attainment between pupil premium and non pupil premium students.  We will be building on the intervention strategies for which demand has increased including homework club, the late bus and numeracy intervention.

Report on the use of Year 7 catch up funding 2015-16 Report on the use of Year 7 catch up funding 2015-16