Pupil Premium

 

Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The disadvantaged pupils funding was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). The government believes that the Disadvantaged Pupils funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

 

Wigan UTC is committed to ensuring that this funding is directed effectively to support the specific needs of the students and robustly evaluated to ensure best practice is incorporated and value for money sustained. The funding awarded to schools to help fund projects and strategies to close the gap is as follows:

  • Those who have been in receipt of free school meals at any point in the past 6 years (Ever 6 FSM)(£935 per child)
  • Those who have been continuously looked after for the past six months (LAC) (£1900 per child)
  • Those who are adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or those who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order (Post-LAC)(£1900 per child)
  • Those children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces or were eligible for funding in the last 4 years (Ever 4 Service Child) (£300 per child)

 

Any additional Pupil Premium funding the UTC receives will enable us to build on the excellent student welfare support, academic guidance and high quality teaching that all of our students enjoy and target more intensive support to those students in the above groups whose attainment and progress is weakest.

 

The UTC is expected to receive £15,895 for academic year September 2017 – August 2018.

 

What the UTC intends to spend the Pupil Premium allocation on:-

 

Description _ Amount £

Subsidy for school visits, resources or equipment 4,000

Free Uniform Items 2,500

School Councillor 2,280

Revision guides provided in core subjects free of charge 300

Small class sizes in Y11 maths 2,000

Attendance rewards 240

Access to HLTA 5,000

TOTAL 16,320

Academic year 2017 – 2018

Total On Roll Male Female Total Pupil Premium Male Pupil Premium Female Pupil Premium
Year 10 41 18 23 15 5 10
Year 11 27 21 6 13 10 3
Total 116 39 29 0 15 13

 

Historic Information

 

Funding received was £6,622.92

 

Academic year 2016 – 2017

Total On Roll Male Female Total Pupil Premium Male Pupil Premium Female Pupil Premium
Year 10 36 25 11 19 (13)* 14 5
  • *At time of January census

 

NOTE we only had PP students in Year 10 during this academic year

Each student was provided with opportunities to stay for an additional 30 minutes per day for any extra support required in all subjects.  Some Pupil Premium students were provided with the option to be withdrawn a vocational subject and to partake in an extra English and Maths lesson per week provided by a specialist HLTA.

External tutors for English and Maths were employed for a fixed term through YipiYap. Students identified with low literacy and numeracy skills were provided with small group tuition

 

All GCSE classes were smaller than average, allowing for more teacher student interaction. (less than 15 students)

 

Transportation costs were payed for a range of extra curricular visits and activities and work experience placements. These helped the students develop their employability skills and confidence.

 

Academic year 2015 – 2016

 

Please note that no Pupil Premium students are on roll with Wigan UTC in the academic year of 2015-2016.

 

Academic year 2014 – 2015

 

Total On Roll Male Female Total Pupil Premium Male Pupil Premium Female Pupil Premium
Year 11 16 10 6 6 5 1
Year 12 14 12 2 0 0 0
Year 13 29 28 1 0 0 0
Total 59 50 9 6 5 1

 

Wigan UTC received £5,610 Pupil Premium funding for the 2014 – 2015 period. In addition to the 2013 – 2014 opportunities, the following has been supported by Pupil Premium 2014 – 2015 funding. (Please note that funding was not received for Year 12 or Year 13 students):

 

Extra Staffing

Each student was provided with opportunities to stay for an additional 30 minutes per day for any extra support required in all subjects.  English, Maths, Science and Electronics had smaller groups to assist with focus on learning and progress. Some Pupil Premium students were provided with the option to drop a language subject and to partake in an extra English and Maths lesson per week.

 

Due to the extra staffing across the named subjects, this resulted in 50% of Pupil Premium students achieving A*-C grades in English and Maths compared to the national average for Pupil Premium of 39.5% in 2013-2014, of which 83.3% of Maths students, 50% of English students, 50% of Electronics students and 100% of Engineering students achieved A*-C grades.

 

Designated Pastoral Lead

There is a student pastoral team for KS4 and KS5 to support all students with their academic progress, UCAS, examinations, curriculum and, coordinating programme of SMSC as part of their development and awareness.  Further information, advice and guidance was provided to students from their pastoral lead to discuss future career aspirations, with guest presentations taking place and also employer partners assisting with IAG development.  This has resulted in 100% of Pupil Premium students gaining a destination including meaningful employment, apprenticeships and further education courses after completing their time at Wigan UTC.

 

Attendance

Attendance monitoring is reviewed weekly for all students, matters arising are discussed with their pastoral lead and tutor.  This has shown an improvement in attendance and punctuality since 2013 -2014.

 

Resources

All students were provided with appropriate stationery required for all examinations, including calculators.  

 

All electronics equipment and components required to complete coursework was funded through Pupil Premium funding.  Coursework elements in this GCSE for Pupil Premium students was 83.3% grades A*-C.

 

The students took part in building a race car for the Green Power challenge. This improved thinking skills, practical skills and increased student confidence levels through racing the car against other external competitors in the challenge.

 

Another challenge that was funded by Pupil Premium funding was the Tenner challenge. Students had to develop a business idea, resource it and sell items to make profit starting with £10.  This has contributed to preparing students for the world of work, and entrepreneur awareness and interest.

 

The students also received a free Christmas lunch provided by the UTC.  It involved students learning to make their own soup for the meal which was then served to the rest of the UTC. Working in teams to develop the soup using fresh ingredients, this contributed to confidence levels of the students, team work, personal and social skills were developed, preparing them for the world of work.

 

Academic year 2013 – 2014

 

Total On Roll Male Female Total Pupil Premium Male Pupil Premium Female Pupil Premium
Year 10 20 14 6 7 6 1
Year 12 40 38 2 4 4 0
Total 60 52 8 11 10 1

 

Wigan UTC received £6,828 Pupil Premium funding for the 2013/2014 period. This funding was spent on the following areas (Please note that funding was not received for Year 12 students):

 

Resources

Each student was provided with a Google Chrome Book to assist with their studies for both during lesson and for use at home for homework; they are able to print at the UTC for free. A free P.E kit including a hooded jumper and t shirt was provided for enrichment activities as well as access to Wigan Youth Zone.  

 

All students took part in a business challenge where students had to develop and produce a food product.  The cost of resources for this was provided by the UTC.  This assisted with students learning about business, and managing resources to develop a finished product.

 

A number of visits and trips to business partners took place and these costs were supported by Pupil Premium funding.

 

Information, Advice and Guidance

A member of staff was given the responsibility of leadership of IAG across the UTC which included assisting student’s knowledge about further education and career opportunities.  Several educational and informative trips took place with the funding for transport provided by the UTC.  The impact of this has provided industry awareness within the subjects that the students are studying, and has also assisted with information towards student’s aspirations upon completing their studies at the UTC.

 

Extra Staffing

A Teaching Assistant was introduced to assist with the development within classes and to provide additional support.   Those students who did not undertake a language qualification, received one extra hour of English and maths support per week with the Teaching Assistant.  An additional one hour per week from a specialist maths teacher was also introduced in term three to help to improve progress in mathematics.  Classes in English, maths and science were split into smaller groups of less than ten students per group, giving a much higher staff to student support rate than normally available at KS4. The impact of the extra staffing has resulted in the student’s current grades increasing over the last two terms.

 

Counsellor

A counsellor was made available to support all students during the Spring and Summer terms.  The counsellor worked with students of all ages to assist in helping discuss their problems that may be affecting them at the UTC or in their home life.  This supported their personal development, self-esteem and confidence.

 

Additional Literacy and Numeracy Assessments

WRAT4 assessments took place throughout the year to assess student’s current levels of literacy and numeracy and to identify any areas that require attention.  The subsequent intervention strategies put into place resulted in students making progress in both areas.