Pupil Premium funding is given to schools to help support students with disadvantage so as to close the gap in attainment between them and their peers.
The Premium is allocated to schools for every student who has been in receipt of free school meals at any time in the previous six years as well as to Looked After Children and those in Armed Services families as follows:
- Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years: FSM6 – £935 per student
- Children in care, referred to as 'Looked After Children' (LAC) - £1900 per student
- Students of parents serving in the armed forces to address the emotional and social well-being of these students (Forces Premium) - £300 per student
April 2017-March 2018
At South Bank Engineering UTC, our Pupil Premium allocation is as follows for our Key Stage 4 cohort:
FSM6: 17 students (47% of roll in Year 10) =£15895
Disadvantaged students face a range of barriers to educational achievement in relation to their peers. The main barriers include:
- Access to appropriate space and environment at home to study independently
- Access to technology to facilitate learning off site
- Access to funding for business dress
- Access to funding for transport, especially outside London and on underground services
- Access to a healthy, balanced diet in line with the needs of young people
- Access to targeted support for catchup study, especially in literacy and numeracy
- Access to co-curricular opportunities
- Access to training and development likely to develop employability or earnings power
South Bank Engineering UTC will allocate additional Pupil Premium funding according to its Pupil Premium Strategy so as to have maximum impact in a manner targeted at individual students.
Pupil Premium Strategy
To close the gap in performance between disadvantaged students and their peers through effective and efficient use of Pupil Premium funding.
Objectives for 2016/2017
- Use funding to enhance staffing complement in order to offer reduced class sizes in key areas of the curriculum, especially in English, maths and engineering;
- Use funding to offer a range of enrichment activities which enhance students’ employability, such as CAD;
- Use funding to offer supervised independent study sessions in lieu of homework, to remove barriers to learning outside the UTC;
- Use funding to offer supplementary tuition in English and mathematics;
- Use funding to offer free healthy snacks during the UTC day: fresh fruit, cereal bars and water;
- Provide subsidy and funding support for educational trips, visits and resources;
- Provide support for uniform and equipment for students who need support;
- Use funding to provide access to educational technology both at the UTC through laptop and tablet access, but also outside the
- UTC through online technologies such as OneNote.
Measuring the impact of Pupil Premium funding
Every year the UTC will commission a Pupil Premium audit. This audit analyses the impact of all pupil premium expenditure and makes recommendations for future development. At the start of each academic year, the UTC will publish an analysis of how Pupil Premium funding was spent, and most importantly, the impact it has had in raising standards and narrowing the gap in performance to students nationally who are not in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.
Impacts to date
- Staff deployment and curriculum design in place to run small classes: 18 students in each Year 10 class for example.
- Enrichment offer makes use of additional resourcing to enhance students’ employability: Duke of Edinburgh club, PC building club, 3D printing and Computer-Aided Design clubs for example. All these activities will enhance students’ marketability and skills.
- Supervised independent study sessions running in lieu of homework, to remove barriers to learning outside the UTC;
- Deployment of staff to offer supplementary tuition in English and mathematics in class and on an individual basis;
- Free fruit and chilled water offered to students
- Hardship funding in place to support family requests for assistance with business dress
- Technology procurement gives all students access to laptops, giving all students equal access to resources
- BYOD policy on mobile devices removes further barriers to the access to technology outside lessons
- Cloud-based and networked resources in place to enable students to access learning remotely and on a range of devices.
During the course of the academic year the UTC will receive a funding update in recognition of the increased student numbers in Key Stage 4 since the start of Year 10. Internal figures indicate that 49 students in 2017-18 are FSM6 and eligible for pupil premium funding. Once this is confirmed, an updated strategy document will be completed.
In September 2017, the first set of GCSE results will be published and an analysis will be conducted. This will give an indication of the impact of the pupil premium funding and activities on the gaps in achievement between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students.