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Pupil Premium and Disadvantaged Learners

Page last updated: 13/04/2021

​​​​​​​The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities. Schools receive this funding to support their eligible pupils and narrow the attainment gap between them and their peers.

School Effectiveness Partners are able to support raising the achievement of disadvantaged pupils through the allocation of days to school led improvement partnerships or for individual schools through traded days. Please contact Carole Farrer, School Effectiveness Partner by emailing​ for further information regarding support to teaching staff and school leaders in raising achievement. For queries regarding Pupil Premium entitlement for pupils please contact ​

​Addressing Educational Disadvantage - A Strategy for Schools and Colleges

We are pleased to be in the position to launch ‘Maximising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils in Essex – A strategy for schools and colleges’. The launch is available by your SEP at your next partnership meeting as well as via ASHE and ESSET meetings. Our aim is that all schools have accessed the launch by the end of this academic year.

This strategy is underpinned by national evidence-based research to improve outcomes for all learners and has been written using evidence from pilot reviews across primary, secondary and special schools in Essex. This introductory video​ also explains more​.

Disadvantaged Champions - As part of the pilot work undertaken to develop this strategy, we recognised the importance of every school having a member of their governing body with responsibility for disadvantaged pupils. It is also beneficial for schools to have a senior member of staff with this responsibility and oversight. To this end we are developing termly disadvantaged clinics for a member of SLT, or an aspiring senior leader, who is identified as the schools Disadvantaged Champion starting March 2021. This person will be able to attend a disadvantaged clinic with your partnership SEP to enable discussion and to help put the principles of the strategy into practice. They will also be able to access termly training with Marc Rowland, the  Unity Schools Partnership Pupil Premium and Vulnerable Learners Advisor, for the next 18 months, who has been instrumental in writing this strategy for Essex.

We would ask that all schools contact with the name and role of the person identified as your Disadvantaged Champion.


The PPG per-pupil rate for 2021 to 2022 is as follows:

Disadvantaged Pupils

  • Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 as recorded as Ever 6 FSM, as well as eligible children with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) pupils in this year group: £1,345
  • Pupils in year 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM, as well as eligible NRPF pupils in these year groups: £955
  • Looked After Children (LAC) defined in Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English Local Authority: £2,345
  • Children who have ceased to be Looked After by a Local Authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residents order: £2,345

Service Children

  • Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of child pension from the Ministry of Defence: £310

Other Government funding for disadvantaged pupils

Information about Pupil Premium Plus, the Pupil Premium for adopted children, the Service Premium and Early Years Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement

All schools must use the templates available on GOV.UK to publish their 2021 to 2022 pupil premium strategy, by the end of December 2021. The Department for Education will undertake monitoring checks on a sample of schools' published reports.

Please note the use of evidence in the conditions of the grant now says:

From academic year 2021 to 2022, schools must demonstrate how their spending decisions are informed by research evidence, making reference to a range of sources including the Education Endowment Foundation's toolkit. In line with the EEF's pupil premium guide, activities should include those that:

  • support the quality of teaching, such as staff professional development;
  • provide targeted academic support, such as tutoring; and
  • tackle non-academic barriers to success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support

Pupil Premium Guide

Since 2011 the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has been working with thousands of schools across the country to establish what works best in raising pupils’ attainment. There is now a growing body of evidence on how schools can best help disadvantaged pupils make progress. The EEF has published a pupil premium guide that explains what schools have found works best when spending the pupil premium to improve results.

'Effective use of the Pupil Premium is at the core of the moral purpose of school leadership​' - John Dunford, National Pupil Premium Champion.​

Pupil Premium Funding is a valuable focus to support senior leaders in raising the attainment of disadvantage young people. But it is vital that schools (as well as Early Years and Post 16 settings) consider how all their resources can be used to achieve this goal. (EEF, January 2018)

For enquiries relating to the award of the Pupil Premium Grant please visit the Essex County Council website or email

Supporting Disadvantaged Pupils During Current School Closure

Schools can request a Disadvantaged Clinic to discuss how best to negate the disproportionate impact for disadvantaged learners as a result of the pandemic and aims to support school leaders in their considerations about which strategies could be most beneficial in the next few weeks and months. The participant does not need to be the HT. It could be a Pupil Premium Lead/DHT/Senior teacher etc. Schools and settings will know who is best placed to attend. Please can you let your SEP/ Early Years Partner know if you would like to be offered a time.

For steps schools can take to support disadvantaged pupils during schools closures, please see the EEF Chief Executive's Letter.

The following documents are referred to in the article:

The Education Endowment Foundation has released new Covid-19 resources to support schools and parents with home learning.

Marc Rowland has written a very useful and thought provoking blog on the impact of the pandemic and what steps schools can take to negate the worst effects of school closures on the attainment of disadvantaged pupils, it is available on the Research School website.

Dan Nichols has also written a blog on the impact of the pandemic on disadvantaged pupils and how schools should respond.

How we can support you in raising achievement for disadvantaged pupils

  • School Effectiveness Partners are able to support raising the achievement of disadvantaged pupils through the allocation of days to school led improvement partnerships or for individual schools through traded days. Please contact Carole Farrer, School Effectiveness Partner for further information by emailing 
    For enquiries relating to the award of the Pupil Premium Grant please visit the Essex County Council website or email
  • A traded Essex Pupil Premium Review is available providing personalised and bespoke educational support and advice to your school and/or setting. It is a process undertaken with school leaders to review the use of the Pupil Premium and to make it more effective in raising standards for all disadvantaged pupils. By using a clear framework, school leaders will have a clear understanding of the effectiveness of existing strategies and an evaluation of impact with recommendations for an action plan and next steps that could deliver sustainable improvements to the achievement of disadvantaged pupils. Please contact your SEP for further details. Pupil Premium Review Information Leaflet (PDF)


  • The National Tutoring Programme is a government-funded, sector-led initiative to support schools to address the impact of Covid-19 school closures on pupils' learning. It is designed to tackle the effects of the pandemic on the most disadvantaged children in our society. Further information can be found on the EEF website.
  • The EEF have released a report regarding the impact of School Closures in KS1- January 2021.
  • The DfE has issued a template for a three-year Pupil Premium strategy document. There are templates for primary, secondary and special schools on the website. We are working this year with Marc Rowland who worked with the DfE on the new template and he has written two blogs for schools to support them in developing a strategy:

Further Information