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Ashcroft Technology Academy

Ashcroft Technology Academy

Pupil Premium

Funding arrangements

Ashcroft Technology Academy (ATA) receives a significant part of its overall annual revenue funding in the form of Pupil Premium Grant (PPG). This funding is allocated separately by the government to enable schools to improve their resourcing with the specific aim to improve the educational attainment of children from disadvantaged backgrounds and those children in public care, through maximising their learning potential and, consequently, their academic achievement. The Government considers this funding to be an appropriate provision to address the current underlying inequalities that exist nationally between attainment levels of those who meet the disadvantaged criteria and those who do not. The funding is based on the number of students in Years 7 to 11 from the preceding January school census returns, who are entitled to, or who have been in receipt of free school meals at any point over the past six years or who are deemed to be looked after children in public care.  In 2019-20 38% of Year 7 to Year 11 students at ATA continue to meet the existing criteria.

The funding has existed since April 2011, and the amounts received by ATA based on the free school meal criteria outlined above, are shown below. The number of eligible students has dropped year on year since 2013 by 22½%.  The concern therefore is that this much-needed funding is reducing as the result of tightening the eligibility rules for some benefits that qualify a student for free school meals, the universal free school meals policy at primary level and the fact that the funding level has remained static for four years. However, from 2018-19, students already entitled to free school meal provision will continue to receive this until at least 2021.  This is regardless of whether they continue to have an entitlement to this funding or if changes in the assessment of pupil premium criteria through the Universal Credit system have excluded them from this funding. Funding is provided on a quarterly basis and paid in arrears.  The figures are revised on a financial year basis as opposed to an academic year basis, and they are therefore recorded differently within ATA year-end accounts compared with the way in which they are displayed in the table below: -











Number of Yr 7 – 11 Students on roll










Number of PPG Students*










Rate per Student










Pupil Premium Funding*










* does not include Looked After Children (LAC)