What is Pupil Premium (PP) funding?
Pupil Premium funding is government money designed to help all children and young people do well at school. The funding is allocated to schools for children up to Year 11, who have registered for Free School Meals in the last six years, are in care or have parents in the Armed Forces.
If you are unsure whether you are eligible to register for Free School Meals, please visit
How much Pupil Premium funding does NUAST get?
In the 2018 to 2019 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,320 for primary-aged pupils
- £935 for secondary-aged pupils
Schools will continue to receive £1,900 for any child who:
- has been looked after for 1 day or more
- has been adopted from care
- has left care under:
- a special guardianship order
- a residence order
- a child arrangement order
Funding is allocated for a financial year rather than a school year.
Intervention Strategies - How is the money spent?
NUAST has the freedom to spend the Premium in a way we think will best support the raising of attainment for our most vulnerable pupils. We will talk to parents and students about ways in which this funding can have the greatest impact on their individual achievement.
We make sure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our students, regardless of social background and we are committed to closing the attainment gap for all students. Our Current intervention strategies include:
- Literacy & numeracy support to targetted students to help address dyslexia or literacy issues, which may include formal testing or specialised equipment or resources to aid learning
- 1:1 and small group tuition for English and Maths
- Provision of essentials including transport costs, uniform, key textbooks, stationery, course specific equipment
- Reduced costs for school visits to support wider participation in curriculum time activities whereby an extra cost is applicable, such as off site or educational visits
- Free revision resources - All departments offer students (who receive pupil premium money) free revision resources. This may be a revision guide or CD and will apply to all year groups.
- Private study support for students needing extra support during the school day
- Targeted intervention in smaller group settings beyond curriculum hours, such as private study in English and Maths
- Targeted classroom support for students from teaching assistants and Higher Education mentors
- Targeted Mentor Support for vulnerable students
- Holiday school
- Where suitable, funding has been allocated to individual students where alternative provision is a more sustainable means of education
Impact Report and Strategy Document
The impact report for Pupil Premium spending at NUAST in 2015-2016 can be found here
The Pupil Premium strategy document for PP spending at NUAST in 2016-2017 can be found here
The impact report for Pupil Premium spending at NUAST in 2017-2018 can be found here
We track student progress at four assessment points during the year. PP spending is reviewed to establish impact and effectiveness at each of these points. Plans are reviewed to enable targeted intervention for individuals and groups.
Parents Evenings offer opportunities to discuss your child’s progress but if you would like further information about progress and attainment please do not hesitate to get in touch with your son/daughter’s Tutor or Head of Year.
- Celebration of Junior Maths Challenge results
First ever Junior Mathematics Challenge in NUAST history (Mathematics - 05/06/2019)
- Year 12 Parents Evening
Thursday 7th March 2019 (Whole School - 03/03/2019)
- Vex Robotics Success
NUAST are proud of our Vex team's success (Whole School - 03/03/2019)
- Congratulations to our Year 10 and 11 Mathematics champions.
0n 7th February forty of our year 10 and 11 students took part in the Intermediate Maths Challenge. (Whole School - 26/02/2019)
- Year 13 Oxbridge Success
SIX students have been successful in winning a place at Oxford or Cambridge Universities (Whole School - 16/01/2019)