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Disadvantaged Pupil Funding

The UCL Academy disadvantaged strategies

As you may be aware, the Government has announced further funding for disadvantaged students; that is, students who are in receipt of free school meals, or Looked After Children who have received care by the Local Authority continuously for more than six months, or children of Service Personnel.  These groups have been so identified as a result of research showing that nationally, students in these categories perform significantly less well than similar students. Further funding is designed to bridge this gap.  At The UCL Academy we have a personalised provision, seeing student achievement in these categories improving annually at a rate greater in comparison to similar students nationally.

This additional funding is called Disadvantaged Pupil Funding (formerly Pupil Premium) and is ring-fenced as a separate Academy budget, allocated on the basis of the number of students who qualify for Disadvantaged assistance.  At the bottom of this page, you will find a link to the amounts we have been allocated and our plans for spending this year.

The Government has asked every School or Academy to make it clear where this money is being spent, and the impact it is having on young people eligible for the Disadvantaged Pupil Funding.  In order for us to accomplish this, we have developed a ‘No-Gap’ strategy and have a team of key Academy staff to drive it forward.  This approach will ensure that the Disadvantaged Pupil Funding will be used to target, enhance and extend our current provision to make sure that students whose parents or carers are on lower incomes are not disadvantaged in any way.

Please rest assured that although the Academy is investing in this provision, no student will be allowed to fall behind and fail to achieve their potential. All students are consistently monitored and if any student is found to be underperforming, they will also get the benefits listed above to improve their performance. This additional funding has allowed the Academy to add extra capacity to efforts that we are already making, so that we can help an even greater number of students.

At The UCL Academy, we strive to support all our students.  We do this by providing high quality learning and teaching supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required.  The School Leadership Team and Governing Body monitor the impact of all spending and interventions, including the Disadvantaged Pupil Funding.

Our seven key strategies for Disadvantaged Pupil Funding are:

  • Whole child development  
  • Immediate interventions 
  • Emotional support 
  • Information advice and guidance 
  • Parental support 
  • Academic support 
  • Monitoring the basics 

To see the report, strategies and impact of the Disadvantaged Pupil Funding expenditure for 2016-17, and to see the proposed strategies for 2017-18, please click the following link.

UCL Academy Disadvantaged Student Report 2016-17