Disadvantaged (Pupil Premium) Funding:
June 2019

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Disadvantaged (Pupil Premium) funding at Elstree UTC

Updated June 2019

‘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:

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:


2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

Number of students eligible for pupil premium funding

15% (30 students)

17% (25 students)

14% (17 students)

21% (31 students)

17% (44 Students)

Pupil Premium Grant

£28,050

£23, 375

£15, 895

£28,985

£41,140

How the grant was spent

Holiday revision programmes

A full time learning support assistant to work with individuals and groups in the core curriculum.

C-Pen Reader for exams ordered and used for mocks and summer exams.

A full time learning support assistant to work with individuals and groups in the core curriculum.

A full time learning support assistant to work with individuals and groups in the core curriculum.

Funding for travel to industry placements as part of careers advice and guidance

Maths Intervention happening before and after school with hot chocolate and brioches for the early risers.

‘That Reading Thing’ A reading programme for 14+ students/

BYOD support with chromebook loaning system

Projects and partnerships

Industry lectures for students to raise aspiration

A series of exam revision booklets for all aspects of the science curriculum.

‘Write online’ is a software package designed to promote literacy skills in learners who have dyslexia.

Students provided with items of clothing to make them compliant with college dress code

Chrome books

Additional student counselling support

The recruitment and appointment of a part time SENDco.

Ipads

Funding for travel to industry placements as part of careers advice and guidance; trips and extended curriculum

Accelerated reader

SAM learning for all students

Dyslexia Portfolio: A screening programme for students with learning difficulties.

‘Lumosity’ - Brain gym App to help with short term memory.

CATs are used as a screening test for specific learning difficulties and baseline testing at KS4 to identify any difficulties.

Students provided with items of clothing to make them compliant with college rules.

Transport costs for students to attend industry training

Testing to identify reading ages and any subsequent progression.

Testing to identify reading ages and any subsequent progression.

Testing to identify reading ages and any subsequent progression

Financial help with trips and visits.

Additional English and maths teachers

CATs are used as a screening test for specific learning difficulties and baseline testing at KS4 to identify any difficulties.

Member of staff training to be a SENDco.

Financial help with trips and visits.

Curriculum Budgets

Personalised intervention

Two Maths weekend residential courses for Year 11 students in preparation for their GCSE.

CATs are used as a screening test for specific learning difficulties and baseline testing at KS4 to identify any difficulties.

CATs are used as a screening test for specific learning difficulties and baseline testing at KS4 to identify any difficulties.

Learning mentor support

Weekly sessions held on a Saturday morning to provide extra intervention.

Weekly sessions held on a Saturday morning to provide extra intervention.

Member of staff training to be a SENDco.

Exam revision booklets

Film and Media Coursework surgeries held over Easter Holidays to allow students access to staff knowledge and facilities.

The Family Support Workers work out of an office on college premises enabling students to use their services including protective behaviours.

Testing to identify reading ages and any subsequent progression

Royal Navy Project: Students entered STEM project to build boat culminating in competition over a weekend in Portsmouth.

Students provided with items of clothing to make them compliant with college rules.

C-Pen Reader for exams ordered and used for mocks and summer exams.

College Productions: External technician brought into work with students on the sound and light for college shows.

Financial help with trips and visits.

Additional student counselling support

Production company workshop with year 10 on using high speed cameras to capture split second reactions.

Reduced class sizes in our Core subjects of English, Maths and Science

Students provided with items of clothing to make them compliant with college rules.

Amy Winehouse Foundation: A series of workshops around addictions for Year 11.

Travel has been provided to help students get to and from school.

The Family Support Workers work out of an office on college premises enabling students to use their services including protective behaviours.

Amy Winehouse Foundation: A series of workshops around addictions for year 10.

Loving Classroom: A pilot programme run with year 10 looking at how good relationships can cultivate a better working environment.

EPIC’s: A number of lectures have been made available to students from industry experts on how to get into the creative industries.

MOBO: A series of performances where students get to work in a professional set up, capturing and editing content for an internationally recognised client.

Reasons for the approach

Going forward – all PPG students will be provided with revision guides to boost their independent study of the subject. Teachers and support staff will run revision sessions in-house during the run up to exams.

Maths are reviewing their Pupil Premium strategy for the year. Classes after school for all Pupil Premium pupils.

Pupil premium was used to engage students with digital options for learning with the introduction of C-pens and a bank of chromebooks.

Students were bought uniform to keep parity in terms of the professional look for the school.

An increase in provision for students with the employment of two staff within SEMH.


PUPIL PREMIUM IMPACT STATEMENT 2017/18

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 a 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:

Schools are eligible to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit in order to ‘narrow the gap’ in the children’s educational attainment 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.

IMPACT OF PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING 2017/18

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

Year Group

Year 10

Year 11

Students

17

12

Attendance Outcomes

2017-2018

% of sessions missed due to overall absence

EUTC

National Average

Gap

All students

8.6%

4.8%

3.8%

PP

14.61%

7.6%

7.01%

Free school meals (FSM) eligibility

Absence rates are higher for pupils who are known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals. The overall absence rate for these pupils was 7.6 per cent, compared to 4.3 for non FSM pupils. The persistent absence rate for pupils who were eligible for FSM (23.6 per cent) was more than twice the rate for those pupils not eligible for FSM (DfE- Pupil absence in schools in England: 2017 to 2018).

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/787463/Absence_3term_201718_Text.pdf (DfE-Both authorised and unauthorised absence rates have increased since last year (2016-2017), the rate of the latter now being the highest since records began).

The following strategies remain in place including:

STUDENT DESTINATIONS

Of the 12 pupil premium students leaving Year 11 in 2018 10  went on to full time education and 1 gained apprenticeships.

ATTAINMENT AND PROGRESS

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.

Progress 8

All

PP

Gap

2016

-0.76

-1.34

0.58

2017

-1.29

-1.8

0.51

2018

-0.37

-1.09

0.72

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

Year Group

Year 10

Year 11

Students

21

15

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 the 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. 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 and subsequent intervention from EWO
  9. Data Tracking
  10. Parental Engagement
  11. Enrichment Activities
  12. Support with uniform
  13. Support with trips
  14. Extended Learning Support
  15. Careers Advice (Projects and Partnership team)
  16. Music Tuition
  17. Mentoring by older students
  18. Specialist subject 1:1 teaching
  19.  Laptops available to loan each day

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

Year Group

On Roll

Pupil Premium

Percentage

FSM/Bursary attendance (Autumn term)

Non-FSM/Bursary attendance          (Autumn term)

10

103

21

20%

81.25

86.85

11

82

15

18%

88.56

90.49

12

100

5

5%

97.28

93.09

13

82

7

9%

86.30

90.20

Figures accurate as at 12.06.2019

LAC (Looked after children) at Elstree UTC

Student

Year Group

Local Authority

N/A

N/A

N/A

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

2017-2018

Pupil premium

Non-Pupil premium

Difference

Number

12

40

28

Percentage of Pupils

23

77

54

Persistent absence

3

6

3

Fixed term exclusions

3

82

79

Attendance

87.47

90.80

3.33

Percentage achieving grades 9-4 in English and Maths GCSEs

42

53

9

Percentage of pupils making expected progress or above in English

50.00

51.52

1.52

Percentage of pupils making expected progress or above in maths

41.67

45.71

4.04

Average entries per pupil - all qualifications

7.08

7.65

0.57

(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 Coordinator)