Making the Most of Pupil Premium

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By Gillian Ravenscroft

Pupil premium funding addresses inequalities in achievement affecting disadvantaged children in primary and secondary schools. Gillian Ravenscroft explores how to get the most out of this vital funding stream. Read on to find out more…

Pupil Premium

What is pupil premium?

First introduced in 2011, pupil premium aims to close gaps by raising attainment for pupils whose social circumstances have been identified as barriers to educational success. All children who have been in receipt of free school meals at any point within the past 6 years as well as those who have been looked after in local authority care are entitled to Pupil Premium provision. In 2016-2017, £1,320 will be awarded for each child from Reception to Y6 eligible for free school meals and £1,900 for pupils who have moved on from local authority care as a result of adoption, special guardianship, child arrangements or residence orders. This funding is paid to schools in quarterly instalments either directly – in the case of academies and free schools – or via local authorities.

Guidance on Pupil Premium funding is available on the gov.uk website – where a link to the teaching and learning toolkit can also be accessed (see links at the end of article). The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has produced this toolkit and summary of the educational research supporting it. It provides a comprehensive list of strands, costs, evidence strength and months of impact and covers a range of strategies, from a variety of interventions and mastery learning to arts participation and outdoor adventure learning.

You can also find out more about a pupil premium survey conducted by the EEF and the Sutton Trust by clicking on the infographic below.


Sutton Trust & EEF Pupil Premium survey


How to invest pupil premium funding

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