Disadvantaged (Pupil Premium) funding at Elstree UTC

Updated November 2018

‘The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.’ (DFE Website)

‘I have always believed that the pupil premium is capable of achieving great things in our schools and in our society. The major challenge facing us has been to ensure that it makes a real difference to the disadvantaged pupils at whom it is aimed. It is critical that schools can and do use this additional funding effectively… gaps in attainment are closing more quickly in schools judged as ‘Good’ or better.’ (David Laws Minister of State for Schools)

The Pupil Premium is a government grant which is allocated to schools based on the number of students on roll who are either: Looked after children, children of service personnel, children registered for free school meals or children who have been registered for free school meals within the last 6 years (disadvantaged students). The purpose of the grant is to support schools in ensuring that children who may be disadvantaged achieve and attain in line with their peers. Current funding rates stand at £935 for FSM and £1900 for CLA students. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children.

Pupil premium funding provides support for students who:

  • have been registered as eligible for Free School Meals at any time in the last six years (FSM)

  • have been looked after for one day or more (CLA)

  • were adopted from care on or after 30th December 2005 or left care under a special guardianship order (CLA)

Our Rationale:

At Elstree UTC we have high aspirations and ambitions for our students. We believe that no student should be left behind. We are proud of our achievements with our students and after only one year academic standards are high and the number of students gaining paid work experience is increasing. Our students make rapid progress at Elstree UTC and there is no significant gap between the progress of our Pupil premium students and other students. In fact, this is true of all our different groups of students. This is the result of our determination to ensure that all our students are given every chance to realise their full potential through a programme of support delivered through and beyond the timetabled curriculum. For students on bursary funding, we prioritise the spending of this money on uniform, BYOD and specialist subject equipment for each individual as these all help with engagement of the curriculum we offer and our specialist subjects.

The UTC intends to continue to narrow the achievement gap between our Pupil premium and other students. Our rationale is informed by our own evaluative practice and by national evidence. Our allocation of the Pupil premium grant is based on the evidence that students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds:

•Benefit from enhanced access to opportunities for problem solving and developing creativity:

•Achieve more as a result of effective, personalised feedback both in written and spoken form;

•Benefit from halved class sizes;

•Need to develop metacognition and reflective and self-regulated skills;

•Achieve and attain as a result of personalised support rather than a generalised strategy;

•Take up enhanced provision, make progress and succeed when they are included rather than explicitly identified as a group receiving support apart from their peers.

The school makes significant resource investment in order to ensure that all students thrive and are supported in their progress. Bespoke year 11 intervention in English and maths which ensures all students meet or exceed their target grades in English and maths which are set at 4 levels of progress. In addition to extra classes and smaller class sizes, enrichment activities, interventions and academic or pastoral support, the Pupil Premium grant was allocated as follows:

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EUTC is a specialist creative media college on the outskirts of London. The College prides itself on providing excellent academic and enrichment opportunities, supported by a strong pastoral ethos and community spirit which encourages its students to play a full and active role in modern society.

All students have access to broad and balanced curriculum regardless of ethnicity, class, gender, physical ability and religious beliefs and academic aptitude. The College promotes positive mental well-being, self-esteem, responsibility and tolerance.  All students are valued and challenged to achieve their potential in all areas, whatever their starting point.

The Pupil Premium category was introduced by the Government in April 2011 to support the progress of particular groups of students. Additional funding is made available to school and is allocated to children of statutory school age who are eligible under the following criteria:

  • Children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces or have served in the last 5 years

  • Children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months

  • Low-income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM). From 2012-2013 this has also included students who have been eligible for FSM in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).

Schools are eligible to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit in order to ‘narrow the gap’ in the children’s educational attainments and enhance their life chances. However, schools are held accountable for how they use the additional funding to support the students. Schools must also demonstrate that they are monitoring the impact of their selected approaches to improve provision to student entitled to the Pupil Premium.


2017/18 Pupil Premium Cohort: There were 29 students:

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The following strategies remain in place including:

  • First day contact

  • 3rd day welfare calls

  • 5 day plus – request for medical information

  • Attendance letters

  • Individual parental meeting

  • Liaison with medical professionals

  • Team around the family meetings

  • Referrals to outside agencies including social care

  • Group work on barriers to learning through the youth services

  • Parental meetings with Attendance Improvement Officer

  • Bespoke timetables

  • Alternative provision



Of the 12 pupil premium students leaving Year 11 in 2018 10 went on to full time education and 0 gained apprenticeships.


Examination outcomes for 2017 and 2018 show there is still a gap between students with pupil premium and those without, however the gap is narrowing.

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2018/19 Pupil Premium Cohort: There are 35 students: 

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In 2018/19 EUTC will receive approximately £41,140 for the academic year (lag funding). To ensure we continue to monitor how funds are allocated and the impact this has on students, a full breakdown of identified projects is shown within the table below. This supports our aim to utilise all resources available and direct them to priority areas identified for our students as we look to further narrow the gap between the PP students and remaining cohort.

  1. Academic Mentoring and Feedback

  2. Lunchtime Intervention Groups

  3. Reduction of class sizes in English and Maths

  4. Learning aids

  5. Diagnostic screeners

  6. KS4 Literacy and Numeracy Support

  7. Inclusion Team Support

  8. Attendance Monitoring

  9. Data Tracking

  10. Parental Engagement

  11. Enrichment Activities

  12. Dress Code

  13. Trips

  14. Extended Learning Support

  15. Careers Advice

  16. Music Tuition

  17. Studio Intervention Heads

  18. Specialist subject 1:1 teaching

Disadvantaged student numbers at Elstree UTC 2018 – 2019 by Year Group:

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LAC (Looked after children) at Elstree UTC

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Key indicators for Year 11 performance: PP vs Non-PP students

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(The Dfe classifies disadvantaged students as those eligible for school meals at any time during the last 6 years and children looked after (ie in the care of the local authority for a day or more or who have been adopted from care)

Link for 2017-2018 performance tables (https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/139416/the-elstree-utc)

Link to Dfe guidance on pupil premium (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings)

At the end of the year we will assess the impact of this intervention work and evaluate how we can further support achievement via the Pupil Premium. Further details are available upon request from Mr Ben Rice, Assistant Principal (Pupil Premium Co-ordinator)