Pupil Premium Report 2017-2018 – October 2017

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. The premium is worth £935 and goes to students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); £1,900 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

The money is not ring-fenced and as such the UTC can use the funds in a variety of innovative and creative ways as it deems necessary. Spending of the Pupil Premium is closely monitored as all schools are accountable for the impact of the money spent. UTC Bolton is committed to ensuring that use of the Pupil Premium enables there to be a ‘level playing field’ for those students for whom it receives funding.

The ultimate outcome would be to ensure that students who might have experienced economic disadvantage in their families are NOT disadvantaged in their education. Thus the attainment levels and educational experiences of a student should be no different whether they have been ‘identified’ as Pupil Premium or not. The ‘gap’ between results for Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium students, should be eliminated as far as possible.

External data demonstrates that 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 2016-2017 there were 79 students (38%) entitled to Pupil Premium funding providing £73,865.

In 2017-2018 48 students (38%) are currently eligible for Pupil Premium funding at KS4 providing £44,880. At KS5 a bursary is provided for pupils. There are 13 pupils who are identified as disadvantaged/Pupil Premium at KS5.

The UTC takes a holistic approach to enabling Pupil Premium students to achieve as well as their non-Pupil Premium peers.  Such an approach involves the Director of Inclusion and Student Services, the Synergy team, the SENCO, the Attendance Officer, KS4 and KS 5 Pastoral Leaders, KS4 and KS5 Progress Leaders and Academic Mentors. This approach has a demonstrable impact on the progress and outcomes of Pupil Premium students.

Pupil Premium students are closely monitored as a sub-group of vulnerable students through a range of timetabled QA procedures which include lesson observations through Learning Walks and Work Scrutiny. The monitoring enables the progress and attainment of Pupil Premium students to be identified and a range of intervention strategies quickly implemented.

In addition, the UTC has a ‘positive discrimination’ approach to providing equal access to the curriculum; Pupil Premium students have ‘first refusal’ with regard to extra-curricular activities and trips as well as specific academic interventions.

Independent careers advice and guidance ensures that Pupil Premium students have early and regular opportunities to discuss their career options, thus raising their aspirations and motivating them to succeed in their academic and technical subjects.

A dedicated Attendance Officer closely monitors the attendance of Pupil Premium students and engages them and their families before they become persistent non-attenders and Parent Panels are held when required.

The table below demonstrates how spending is forecast for the current academic year.

Income for 2017-2018 is estimated at £44,880


Aspect Focus of Work Impact Rationale
Academic Support Use of data to inform planning, teaching and assessment Baseline testing identifies areas for intervention/allowed teachers to target work at individual needs in lessons and in intervention sessions. Provides tailored support for all students and opportunities for gaps in students’ knowledge and understanding to be filled; particularly vital in Year 11 with new curriculum


  Intervention strategies to improve progress Regular and systematic monitoring of students’ progress in Mathematics and English through ‘challenge’ meetings

enables timely interventions to take place.

Students are prioritised and personally invited to participate in specific interventions ‘over and above’ the regular programmes e.g Easter school, Saturday conference


Ensures consistent and targeted support is provided






Students understand their needs are being met


Adverse external factors are mitigated


Students’ motivation and commitment is increased



  Differentiation of need Clear and appropriate differentiation evident in lesson plans






Fresh Start Reading scheme purchased for one Pupil Premium student with a very low reading age


Strategies to ‘diminish the difference’ are evident in lesson plans


Learning is tailored to the needs of individual students


  Use of feedback and target setting


Students know what they have to do to improve


Academic Mentors coach students to develop a positive mind-set


Students have ownership of the learning process


Coaching is used consistently across the UTC

  Reading for Pleasure strategy


Every student is provided with a book of their choice from a prescribed list


All students have a tour of the University of Bolton library


All students encouraged to join UoB library


Accelerated Reader Scheme purchased and poor readers identified


Paper-based Reading Tests purchased


Reading Scheme purchased for low ability readers





Adverse external factors are mitigated


Students’ literacy skills are enhanced


Reading ages shared with all staff


Reading ages for students on Accelerated Reader Scheme improve over year


Individual reading scheme improves reading age

  Careers Advice and Guidance


Students’ careers action plan identifies a preferred career destination


Students’ early work with careers professionals ‘Altogether’ provides a framework of actions, raises aspirations and motivation


Adverse external factors are mitigated


Students are ‘career-ready’


The UTC has a commitment to no NEETs





Intervention support programme                                           2,000

Purchase of books                                                                   700

Careers Advice and Guidance – ‘Altogether’                        6,000


Total                                                                                      8,700




Targeted Support Provision of specific CPD Needs of individual staff and whole staff are met


Individual provision for students’ needs


Teachers’ practice is research-informed


Development of student profiles enable a holistic approach to students’ progress and attainment


Staff fully understand the rationale and drive behind accelerating the progress of students


  Students’ Progress


Appointment of KS4 and KS5 Progress Leaders provides up-to-date knowledge of the progress of individual students.


Students’ progress is rigorously and regularly monitored by Progress Leaders and the SENCO


Provision for students is mapped and revised according to outcomes from progress monitoring




Staff CPD                                                                   8,000


Total                                                                           8,000


Support for Students’ Well-being


Attendance Appointment of an Attendance Officer impacts positively on student attendance through timely and focused interaction with students and their parents/carers


Attendance Panels positively reinforce importance of regular attendance and attendance improves













Attendance Tracker records interventions


Progress and Pastoral Leaders at KS4 and KS5 have a holistic understanding  of the number of PAs and interventions used


Approaches to address students’ attendance concerns are consistent and timely across a number of staff




  Personal development and welfare Appointment of KS4 and KS5 Pastoral Leaders provides regular and up-to-date knowledge of the well-being of individual students


Weekly Synergy meetings monitor students on the ‘Live’ list, clear actions are set within a specific timescale and shared with all relevant colleagues to ensure consistency


Programme of induction provides information through baseline assessments




External engagement with employers reinforces the UTC ethos


External engagement with employers raises students’ career aspirations


Students’ individual needs are captured in a coherent and systematic manner


Students’ individual needs can be quickly identified and actions taken to address them


Students feel part of the UTC community from the beginning


Students become aware of career opportunities available to them


  Provision of extra-curricular activities and visits


‘Positive discrimination’ enables students to have equal opportunities to access the curriculum Adverse external factors are mitigated


Students’ career options are enhanced


  SENCO CPD SENCO carries out testing to identify specific needs of students.


SENCO applies for examination access arrangements where required.



Students have greater confidence in the examination process.

Students’ needs are quickly identified and strategies promptly shared with staff.


Students have access to examination access arrangements, creating ‘a level playing field’





Contribution to Attendance Officer salary                           8,000

Salary ‘uplift’ for KS 4 and KS5 Progress Leaders             5,000

Salary ‘uplift’ for KS 4 and KS5 Pastoral Leaders              5,000

SENCO CPD                                                                      3,200

Induction Week                                                                   1,000

Activities and trips                                                                  800


Total                                                                                   23,000



Contingency Fund £5,000


Total estimated spend                                                   £44,700


 Impact of Interventions 2016-2017

Validated data for 2016-2017 was published in January 2018 and showed that Pupil Premium students’ progress was below that of students who were not Pupil Premium.

From the UTC’s own data (which measures the students’ progress from their baseline entry in the UTC) there is evidence to show that provision for Pupil Premium students has had a positive impact on academic outcomes and career destinations.

  Literature Language Maths Biology Chemistry Physics Science Add Science core Business Comp Science French Geography History PE Spanish
All Mean progress 0.262 -0.068 1.157 3.196 3.261 3.391 1.697 1.691 -1.281 -0.467 0.783 1.094 1.590 -1.340 0.581
Expected progress % 56.9% 43.1% 80.7% 95.7% 95.7% 95.7% 91.9% 91.9% 19.2% 38.3% 75.5% 78.1% 79.5% 22.2% 58.1%
Expected progress % by subgroups PP 57.4% 48.9% 80.9% 90.0% 90.0% 90.0% 91.9% 89.2% 22.2% 23.5% 68.4% 69.0% 78.3% 6.7% 48.3%
Non-PP 56.5% 38.7% 80.6% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 91.8% 93.9% 17.6% 46.7% 80.0% 84.1% 81.0% 41.7% 66.7%
HA PP 50.0% 41.7% 83.3% 88.9% 88.9% 88.9% 80.0% 86.7% 0.0% 36.4% 70.0% 66.7% 84.6% 0.0% 42.9%
HA non-PP 66.7% 51.9% 88.9% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 88.9% 94.4% 25.0% 80.0% 80.0% 93.8% 90.9% 57.1% 78.6%

Impact of Interventions 2017-2018

  • Internal data for Pupil Premium students will be monitored every term by KS4 and 5 Progress Leaders.
  • KS4 Progress Leader will implement CSI plans for underachieving students
  • Specific Learning Walks will take place each term to monitor learning/progress/teaching strategies used for Pupil Premium students.
  • Attendance for Pupil Premium students will be monitored daily by the Attendance Officer and a range of strategies including parental meetings, will be implemented as necessary to address any attendance issues
  • Specific Work Scrutiny will take place termly for Pupil Premium students to monitor the quality of work/teaching in books.
  • Staff will be more aware of the purpose and focus of Pupil Premium funding
  • Staff will contribute to the creation of Pupil Premium profiles and develop greater knowledge and understanding of the range of strategies being implemented across the UTC, for example, marking books of Pupil Premium students as a priority