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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Pupil Premium funding is allocated to schools on the basis of:

  • Students have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years – £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 - £300 per student

Schools have the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium, which is additional to the underlying academy budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for these students.

How much Pupil Premium funding does UTCN get?

We currently have funding of £36,465 for Pupil Premium students. The number of students eligible for the Pupil Premium in 2016-17 is 43 (27.2% of the Key Stage 4 cohort) 

Overarching Objective for Pupil Premium
To close the attainment gap between Pupil Premium students and non-Pupil Premium students.

Pupil Premium Statement

We want to ensure that fine data is used effectively to target key groups in Year 11 and 10. This will support the students in lessons by ensuring they are equipped to make at least good progress throughout the year. In particular our focus is on students who are categorized as borderline when English and Maths are considered (C/D grades at GCSE) and those in Year 10 who have identified weak skill areas as identified by the Ofsted English Reading Tests. Maths students of middle and upper ability will be targeted through specific learning opportunities in class and additional support sessions in smaller groups or in flexible timetabling arrangements. We intend to build stronger links between Science and Maths to enable students to gain stronger cross curricular knowledge.

We also expect the attendance of Pupil Premium students to close the gap (by at least 1%) with their peers. We will also ensure the Pupil Premium students continue to access exciting and challenging extra-curricular enrichment to raise aspirations and self-esteem.

2016-17 Planned Expenditure Summary

UTCN’s projected funding for 2016-17 is £40,135 which is made up of £935 per pupil premium student and £300 per services child, as well as £1900 per adopted child and a potential additional fund of £1900 per looked after child.

Funding is calculated by the Government for the financial year running April to March based on the eligible students who are on roll when the January Census is completed. However, as UTCN is considered a ‘growing academy’ we are funded September to August, unlike the other academies whose funding runs April to March. This will change when UTCN goes to lagged funding.

As at 31 January 2017 numbers of students on roll and eligible for support from Pupil Premium funds are as follows:

  • FSM 6 – 41
  • Services Children – 6
  • Post-LAC 0
  • LAC – 0

Objectives for 2016/2017

  • Ensuring interventions are closely targeted to individual barriers to learning, using newly refined data.  (Ofsted – English reading tests)
  • Ensuring middle and upper ability students in Mathematics apply key skills to further raise attainment.
  • Ensuring middle ability students receive challenging and stretching learning opportunities in English.
  • Enabling middle and upper ability students to develop cross-curricular knowledge that bridges key subject areas, i.e. Mathematics and Science.
  • To close the attendance gap between PP and non-PP students by at least 1%.
  • Ensuring PP students are fully integrated into the rich learning opportunities provided by UTCN in order to raise aspirations and self-esteem.

How UTCN measures the impact of Pupil Premium funding

Every year UTCN commissions a Pupil Premium audit. This audit analyses the impact of all pupil premium expenditure and makes recommendations for future development. 

When does UTCN review its Pupil Premium strategy? 

The Pupil Premium strategy will next be reviewed in July 2017

For any queries about Pupil Premium please contact Mr Moralee, Pupil Premium Lead on 01603 580280 or