The Pupil Premium
The Government allocates additional funding to support students whose families are on a low income. This additional funding is called Pupil Premium Funding and is separate from the UTC’s general budget.
Find out more about the funding here: https://www.gov.uk/topic/schools-colleges-childrens-services/support-for-children-young-people
Students in one of the following categories are eligible for Pupil Premium:
- Have free school meals, or have done at some point in the last six years
- Are ‘Children in Care’ who have been looked after by the Local Authority continuously for more than one day
- Have been adopted from care
These groups have been identified by the Government as national research shows that, students in these categories perform significantly less well than other similar students who do not fall into these groups.
The additional funding enables the UTC to further develop its support, enabling all students to achieve their potential and therefore to close the gaps of achievement between Pupil Premium students and those that do not fall into these categories.
Please note that since July 2015, children of Service Personnel are no longer classified as Pupil Premium students. However, additional funding is still available for clildren of Service Personnel. For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings
The UTC 16-19 Bursary
Post-16 students from a household with an income less than £22,000 per year are entitled to our bursary scheme. This provides a contribution towards the students’ transport, professional dress and learning materials. Further information and the application form can be downloaded here.
Gloucestershire Free School Meals
Parents/carers entitled to claim Free School Meals for their son/daughter must register directly with their local authority. Apply here for free school meals.
Gloucestershire Bus Pass
Apply here for a bus pass. You will need to read the County Council's policy before applying, however they do state that you may be eligible if you meet the following criteria:
"If your child goes to the nearest, or nearest available school to your home address and is;
- 3 miles or more for all pupils aged 8 and over
- you are getting the maximum award of Working Tax Credit
- your child is eligible for free school meals
... apply for a seat as soon as you get offered your school place."