Working with primary and secondary schools in the Allerdale and Copeland areas

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is provided to schools to address inequalities in pupil achievement resulting from social circumstances.  The aim of the funding is to raise levels of achievement and to close the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers.
The funding enables pupils to:

West Cumbria Learning Centre - Pupil Premium Strategy

At the West Cumbria Learning Centre our aim is to ensure that all children in receipt of the pupil premium funding benefit from the funding, not just those who are underperforming.  We consider the pupil's individual needs so that we tailor interventions to the needs of the child.
  When deciding on the allocation of pupil premium funding, we formally analyse our pupil progress data to identify real needs, and we take into account research undertaken by the Sutton Trust to ensure the funding is used to greatest effect.
  Common barriers for disadvantaged pupils include, reduced educational support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, behavioural difficulties, and attendance and punctuality issues.
  In order to overcome these barriers to learning, we allocate pupil premium funding, as follows:

All staff are aware of which pupils are entitled to pupil premium funding, in order that appropriate support is provided.

The Centre evaluates its own performance rigorously.  Data is monitored and reviewed regularly to measure pupil progress, to determine the effectiveness of interventions, to identify areas of need, and to establish new intervention strategies.

This strategy is reviewed annually, in September.

Pupil Premium Funding 2016-17

Pupil Premium Allocation  
Total number of places 75
Number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium 2016-17 (as per January census 2016) 22
Total amount of pupil premium funding allocated £14,392.5

The funding will be allocated to providing targeted interventions to support emotional development.  Interventions are determined by the needs of each individual pupil.  Progress data is held by the Centre to monitor the impact of the interventions provided.  This data is regularly scrutinised by staff, leaders and the Management Committe to ensure outcomes for pupils are maximised.

Pupil Premium Plan 2016-17

Nature of spending Specific activity/ action Students benefitting
Behaviour interventions Self esteem  1
Meta cognition and self- regulation (learning to learn) Use of laptop  
One to one tuition, for students with disrupted educational history English, Maths and Science tuition for GCSE/functional skills  booster  3
Attendance Student Welfare Officer support
1x1 tutor support
Personalised intervention for English Reading, spelling intervention  7
Support for transport Taxis provided 1x1 to ensure attendance  
Home-School liaison Student Welfare Officer
1x1 tutor support
Vocational placements    11
GCSE support / additional revision sessions 1:1 support for Yr 11 students in core subjects  
Post 16 integration support Additional tutor to support with transition and ensuring students on appropriate courses  13
Intensive school re-integration support 1:1 support for transition to secondary for 6 weeks  14


Pupil Premium Impact 2015-16

Pupil Premium Allocation  
Total Number of places 50
Number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium 2015-16 (as per January census 2015) 20
Total amount of Pupil Premium funding allocated £15,812.50

The West Cumbria Learning Centre received £15,812.50 Pupil Premium funding for 2015-16.  The funding was allocated to providing targeted interventions to support emotional development.  Progress data is held by the Centre in respect of the interventions provided.

Nature of Spending No. of students benefiting Monitoring and evidence of impact
Behaviour Interventions   Improved self-awareness  and improved positive behaviour patterns
Meta Cognition and self-regulation (learning to learn)   Improved self-esteem and readiness to learn
One to one tuition, for students with disrupted educational history  11 Improved academic performance 
Attendance  12 Improved attendance levels
Personalised intervention for English  1 Improved academic performance
Support for transport  1 Improved attendance levels
Home-school liaison  13 Improved relationships with family
Vocational Placements  1 Improved confidence and understanding of educational choices and next steps
GCSE support / additional revision sessions  1 Improved academic performance
Post 16 integration support  1 Improved confidence and understanding of educational choices and next steps
Intensive school re-integration support  1 Reduction in anxiety levels, improved understanding of school requirements; Improved retention levels.

Through the use of these targeted interventions we are successfully reducing barriers to learning, which is having a significant impact on progress and attainment.  Thus, closing the gap between children within this group and their peers.