Pupil premium spending

Pupil Premium

What is the pupil premium?

The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families.

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11 (this value may well change for 2017 when the UTC opens). Under current rules it would go to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM);
  • £1,900 also goes to any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order
  • Finally £300 goes to students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD

How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely, with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent. At Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC we will use the Pupil Premium to support our students, maximising the life opportunities for all students. Once we are open we will provide further details,

Why is there a pupil premium?

Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.

How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?

To monitor progress on attainment, measures in the Government performance tables will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. At Sir Simon Milton Westminster UTC, a cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.