Disadvantaged (Pupil Premium) funding at Elstree UTC

Updated November 2017

‘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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(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 2015-2016 performance tables (https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/139416)

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)