Pupil Premium


Students on roll: 67

Pupil Premium Students: 46

At Cloughwood Academy our disadvantaged pupils face a range of barriers to educational achievement, including:

• Social, Emotional and Behavioural difficulties
• Broken educational pathways and missed milestones at every key stage
• Exclusion from previous schools
• Poor attendance
• Lack of family support
• Poverty
• Speech and Language difficulties
• Moderate learning difficulties

In 2017-2018 the school received £40,205 in Pupil Premium funding. The funding was spent as follows:

• Additional Teaching Assistant off timetable to allow 1:1 interventions and SENDIT support for individual pupils – £25,301
• ELSA resources and further training for staff – £1,250
• Foundations for Change training – £900
• Zone of Regulation and Intervention Training – £1,120
• Literacy support and staff training – £1,125
• Theraplay Therapeutic Interventions and staff training – £4,905
• Therapy in Motion Training for Primary staff – £662
• Thrive Training – £1,579
• Off-site one:one tuition for pupils struggling to attend school – £4,984
Total Spend – £41,826

Additional TA – This additional classroom support has enabled the school to ensure that all classes have a suitably skilled Teaching Assistant to improve learning and outcomes. This has added capacity across the staff team enabling more 1:1 time for specific interventions which occurred on a daily basis during 2016-17. The SENDIT department has been able to access a wider range of expertise and arrange more regular interventions due to the increased staffing levels.

ELSA Training – . To address SEMH needs six staff are trained by educational psychologists as Emotional Literacy Support Coordinators (ELSA). All trained ELSA’s take part in regular supervision with educational psychologists to discuss concerns and talk about individual cases. This has enabled the school to improve literacy across the board by enabling more pupils to receive help when they need it. Multi Agency work has reduced by improving attendance, attitude and ability to participate more in lessons.

Curriculum-based Learning Outside the Classroom – The school offered varied LOTC opportunities to all pupils. A real success was increasing the number of pupils who obtained the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award from 3, to 6 pupils

Additional, specialist training for staff has allowed the school to deliver more interventions on a more regular basis. The school has also used outside experts to works with our pupils through various therapeutic interventions.

Easter and Summer Camps – The Easter Camp for pupils gave students the opportunity to take part in a coast-to-coast cycle. The Summer Fitness Camp gave pupils the opportunity to access a regular fitness and healthy lifestyle routine at the beginning of the summer holidays. Feedback from pupils and parents/carers was excellent and several pupils lost weight and learned about healthier lifestyles.

Improved testing and tracking – Additional, regular assessments were carried out in English and Maths throughout the year helping the SEN team identify any additional educational needs and plan interventions accordingly. The schools used GL Education’s NGRT and Maths Assessments to improve standards in numeracy and literacy.

Pupil Premium students achieving expected progress or better in English and Maths:

• English – 45%
• Maths – 38%

This impacted on pupils in the following ways:

• The vast majority of KS2 pupils achieved their expected levels of progress
• The greater range of vocational examinations on offer at KS4 enabled all pupils the opportunity to achieve success


During 2018-2019 the school has identified the following areas to improve outcomes for pupils, through spending on pupil premium funding:

• Continue to employ additional specialist TA for targeted interventions
• Resilience whole staff training
• Autism and sensory staff training
• Attachment whole staff training
• 1-2-1 in English, maths and science, diminishing the difference and stretching more able pupils.
• 1-2-1 to address any social or emotional needs identified
• 1-2-1 to enable pupils to access Further qualifications
• Residentials and Trips
• Duke of Edinburgh Award and wider outdoor motivational learning including creation of a new outdoor leaning environment
• Provide residential opportunities and refurbish accommodation to exceed minimum standards and encourage engagement, participation, independence and good attendance
• Holiday clubs – Easter camp and Summer fitness camp
• Educare CPD for all staff to ensure up to date training

We will measure the impact of this Pupil Premium funding by:

• Regular testing of our pupils’ literacy and numeracy levels
• Obtaining feedback from ELSAs
• Monitoring pupils’ attendance, engagement, participation and motivation
• Reviewing exam performance
• Undertaking parental and pupil stakeholder surveys
• Reviewing their destinations after KS4

The Pupil Premium strategy will be reviewed in March 2019