Pupil Premium

The Staff and Governors at Future Tech Studio are committed to ensuring that provision is made which secures the learning and teaching opportunities that meet the needs of all our pupils so that all make maximum progress and reach their potential.  Our school welcomes and shares the Government’s aim of tackling all forms of disadvantage and working tirelessly to ensure inclusion and equal access for all learners.

We recognise that the Disadvantaged premium funding, formerly called Pupil Premium, is allocated to children in receipt of free school meals, or have been in receipt of FSM within the last six years, and is a means of addressing some of the issues associated with social disadvantage and in particular, in narrowing and hopefully eventually closing any gap in attainment where this exists. In making appropriate provision for this we also acknowledge that not all pupils in receipt of free school meals are socially disadvantaged or be vulnerable.

As a school we must show OFSTED how much money we have received and the rational for the spending and its intended impact. It must make a difference to the learning and progress of disadvantaged pupils as shown by the self-evaluation plans. In 2015-2016, the Disadvantaged premium allocation to Future Tech Studio is £62,000 which equates to 58 pupils including £7900 carried over from 2014-2015. In 2016-2017, the Disadvantaged premium allocated is £31,790 plus carried over £4000

The main barriers to educational achievement that the disadvantaged students face in our school are:

  • Poor literacy and numeracy skills on transfer into Year 10 based on baseline testing
  • Needing cheap transport to school so they access their chosen career path
  • Access to enrichment activities that broaden their cultural, educational and social experiences
  • The cost of uniform either work or school based
  • Social and emotional concerns outside school that are having a detrimental effect on attainment and progress

The Disadvantaged premium is grant funding and is in addition to the School’s Delegated budget.  It is allocated to children from low-income families, children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children with parent(s) in the Armed Forces. Disadvantaged premium Funding is used to raise attainment, promote social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour in order to increase pupil progress.

The Government believes that the Disadvantaged 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.

In most cases the Disadvantaged premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for the school to decide how the Disadvantaged premium is spent.  However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.  New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of the pupils covered by the Disadvantaged premium.

Students who are in Local Authority care or have parents within the Armed Services will also be granted additional funding and the same support strategies will be offered. This is £1900 per pupil.

At Future Tech Studio we will target additional support strategies to enable every student, however financially disadvantaged, to:

  • Improve their levels of progress and attainment
  • Close attainment gaps relative to other students
  • Have full access to the curriculum
  • Access extra-curricular provision

This will be based on best practice from the EEF toolkit and the Teaching Councils Disadvantaged premium guide

At Future Tech Studio we will direct the funding to support the following interventions:

  • Booster classes
  • Assessment preparation
  • Coaching for emotional and behavioural wellbeing and to be able to self regulate
  • Building learning power
  • Travel
  • Resources
  • Reduced costs for trips and residential visits
  • Uniform & workplace equipment
  • Welfare initiatives

The impact of this funding will be to support and enhance our planned intervention strategies for students who would otherwise have been disadvantaged and will allow them to experience the full range of opportunities offered and is based on the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) research.

The impact of Disadvantaged premium is measured in two ways; Firstly we will compare the academic performance and progress of pupils eligible for Disadvantaged premium funding against the performance of those who are not through Assessment Point data every half term. The table below illustrates this. The second way, which we have recently introduced, is where we will measure the impact of Pupil Premium through the quality of the activities or intervention we provide. Each activity concludes with a pupil survey and is compared to a pre-event survey. Here are some feedback comments we have received recently from activities developed for our learners;

“I am writing to thank you for allowing me to use £150 of last years pupil premium to pay towards the ski trip deposit as I was on target last year. I am very grateful however my own fund-raising efforts are cut short. I was wondering if it was possible for you to allocate money this new academic years pupil premium towards my trip. I also promise to work my hardest in school to try and be on / above my target grades and keep on top of my coursework; I was just moved to set one in maths. I really am trying, please.”
Year 11 student

“If I didn’t have a bus pass, I wouldn’t have been able to study my engineering pathway in Year 10 and I really like coming to this school. I haven’t had one day off and I’m buzzing!”
Year 10 student

“The art materials pack we were given proved really useful. I was able to work from home on my artwork.”
Year 11 Leaver who has been accepted for a Graphics Design Level 3 vocational course.



The next review will be completed in November 2017.

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