Pupil Premium

pupil premiumThis funding stream will soon enter its seventh year and, as part of its Social Mobility strategy, the Government’s plan is to continue to maintain current levels in order to address inequalities in children and young people’s outcomes by funding those who are, or in the last six years have ever been, eligible for free school meals. Another group of children who are in local authority care (LACs) and those adopted from care (post LACs) also receive Pupil Premium grant at a higher rate. There are a number of documents in the public domain that you might find useful in fully understanding the purpose of the Premium, and perhaps making the best use of it in your school or academy. Simply click on the images below to access each one.

Public Domain Documents

Simply click on the images below to access the files related to Pupil Premium:

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Ofsted’s definitive guide to using the Pupil Premium (January 2013)


This document includes advice for leadership teams about whole-school or academy strategies for closing the attainment gap.

The DfE evaluation of Pupil Premium (July 2013) drew on the leaders' views from 1240 schools but stopped short of evaluating overall impact views of

The DfE evaluation of Pupil Premium (July 2013) drew on the leaders’ views from 1240 schools but stopped short of evaluating overall impact

New requirements from September 2016 (samples from schools below)

The DfE’s requirements for school and academy websites in respect of accountability for Pupil Premium spending changed in September 2016, and Ofsted’s expectations are becoming clearer as inspections are carried out and reports published. The changes are summarised in this helpful extract from the NAHT website:

Changes to School Website Requirements – Pupil Premium

In place of the current requirements regarding information about pupil premium expenditure, schools will be required to publish their “pupil premium strategy”. This should include:

In the previous academic year:

  • how the pupil premium allocation was spent
  • the impact of the expenditure on eligible and other pupils

The current academic year:

  • the amount of the school’s allocation of pupil premium grant
  • details of the main barriers to educational achievement
  • how the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches were taken
  • how the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium and
  • the date of the next pupil premium strategy review.

This expands the existing requirement to provide details on the amount of the school’s allocation from the pupil premium grant, how it is intended to be spent and the effect of the expenditure on the educational attainment of the pupils. Particularly, schools will now be required to explain how the use of pupil premium may have benefited pupils who are not eligible for pupil premium funding, for example if the school has taken a whole school approach to raising standards.

Source: NAHT news story April 2016, based on Statutory Instrument No 451 (2016)

You may find this document helpful in addressing your Pupil Premium strategy. There are also associated templates for strategy statements for both primary and secondary schools or academies. Please e-mail me for a copy.

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Sample Pupil Premium strategy documents (which I have collaborated on with in-school colleagues)

Simply click on these links to find Word versions of strategies completed by schools and academies that I’ve worked with since September 2016. We make no claim that they are perfect, but we believe they meet the DfE criteria, and demonstrate a clear attempt to demonstrate strategic direction in the spending of the Pupil Premium grant.

Anon small primary

Anon small primary

Anon medium primary

Anon medium primary

Large primary

Large primary – Hunslet Carr, Leeds




Secondary – King Alfred School, Somerset

Anon special

Anon special