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The Pupil Premium

Page last updated: 05/11/2019

​​The Pupil Premium is additional funding that is paid to schools in respect of their disadvantaged pupils. Schools receive this funding to support their eligible pupils and narrow the attainment gap between them and their peers.

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. ​

 
For the 2019/20 financial year, funding for the Pupil Premium (per pupil) is as follows:
 

Disadvantaged Pupils

  • Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 as recorded as Ever 6 FSM: £1,320
  • Pupils in year 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM: £935
  • 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: £2,300
  • 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: £2,300

Service Children

  • Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service chid or in receipt of child pension from the Ministry of Defence: £300
 

Pupil Premium Guide

To assist school leaders in this process, 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 go to:
Website: www.essex.gov.uk/educationawards


By Email: educationawards@essex.gov.uk

How well do Pupil Premium pupils achieve in Essex?

The latest school performance data provides evidence that small improvements are being made across Essex, however, our challenge is to continue to sustain the current level of improvement whilst accelerating the progress of disadvantaged pupils to narrow gaps.

Schools subscribing to the Education Traded Data Package can access the latest Essex and National performance comparator data via the Nova reports in Perspective Lite.

How are schools held to account for their spending of the Pupil Premium?

​The Pupil Premium is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.

Ofsted inspections report on how schools' use of the funding affects the progress and attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.

Schools are also held to account through performance tables, which include data on:

 

  • the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding;
  • the progress made by these pupils; especially the more able
  • the progress made by the end of the key stage compared with that made nationally by other pupils with similar starting points and the extent to which any differences in this progress, and consequently in attainment, are diminishing. 

 

Schools are required to publish their strategy for the expenditure of the Pupil premium Grant. For the current academic year you must include:

  • the school's pupil premium grant allocation amount
  • a summary of the main barriers to education achievement faced by the eligible pupils at the school
  • how you'll spend the pupil premium to overcome those barriers and the reasons for that approach
  • how you'll measure the effect of the pupil premium
  • the date of the next review of the school's pupil premium strategy

For the previous academic year, you must include:

  • how you spent the pupil premium allocation
  • The effect of the expenditure on eligible and other pupils

Information on the website is for parents and carers so should be presented in a form that they will find accessible.

The DfE have announced that from September 2019 schools may consider having a three-year medium-term Pupil Premium strategy and update this annually; this is an option and not a requirement. It is hoped that it will increase the incentives for long term thinking. The Teaching Schools Council has published a simplified strategy template to support this.


Other Government funding for disadvantaged pupils

​Where can I find information about Pupil Premium Plus, the Pupil Premium for adopted children, the Service Premium and Early Years Pupil Premium?​

How can we 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 on carole.farrer@essex.gov.uk 
    For enquiries relating to the award of the Pupil Premium Grant please go to:
    Website:
    www.essex.gov.uk/educationawards
    By Email:
    educationawards@essex. gov.uk
  • Pupil Premium Programme 2019/20
    We are introducing an evidence-informed, established strategic improvement programme with the aim of achieving better educational experiences and improved long-term outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. The programme will be run in conjunction with Marc Rowlands who works both with the EEF and DfE in this area and helped develop the Essex Pupil Premium Toolkit several years ago.
    This year, a number of schools across the county and across phase will be invited to participate and will be notified in due course. SEPS can also support the work of schools on raising the achievement of disadvantaged pupils via the school partnership allocation and a traded Pupil Premium Review is also available. Identified schools for the programme will be contacted this half term. All schools will have the opportunity to learn from the programme as we disseminate information and support through our school partnerships meetings.
  • Essex Toolkit.
  • 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)

Further Information

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Welcome from the School Effectiveness Team:

We would like to hear from Essex Schools that are willing to share their work which has had a positive outcome upon disadvantaged pupils' achievement. We want to make sure that frequent posts will be added to this page where schools can find examples, top tips and updates from research across the country. 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 regarding support to teaching staff and school leaders in raising achievement - carole.farrer@essex.gov.uk​


​Schools may commission a Pupil Premium Review by contacting Carole Farrer, School Effectiveness Partner on carole.farrer@essex.gov.uk ​

 

For enquiries relating to the award of the Pupil Premium Grant please go to:

The Education Awards website or email educationawards@essex.gov.uk


The latest school performance data provides evidence that improvements are being made across Essex, however, our challenge is to continue to sustain the current level of improvement whilst accelerating the progress of disadvantaged pupils to narrow gaps.


Update
  • The DfE has issued a new template for a three-year Pupil Premium strategy document. There are templates for primary, secondary and special schools on the Gov.uk 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:
  • A new EEF Guide to the Pupil Premium has been published. It aims to support schools in spending their Pupil Premium to maximise the benefit for their students. The report recommends school take a tiered approach to Pupil Premium spending. It also includes case studies of inspiring schools who have used their Pupil Premium to transform outcomes for disadvantaged pupils, please do take the time to read this guide.
  • The DfE have announced that from this September schools may consider having a three-year medium-term Pupil Premium strategy and update this annually; this is an option and not a requirement. It is hoped that it will increase the incentives for long term thinking. The Teaching Schools Council will publish a simplified strategy template this month. Schools must ensure their strategy is published on the school's website. Ofsted does not require schools to provide: any specific document or plan in relation to the pupil premium other than its pupil premium strategy and will not require any further school-generated data on the pupil premium, including information related to spending on individual students or to within-class or within-school gaps. Ofsted Inspectors will take a rounded view of the quality of education that a school provides to all its pupils, including the most disadvantaged pupils.  For further details see the Pupil Premium and the new framework.
  • The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) has published an analysis Closing the Attainment Gap. The report contains 50 key lessons on closing the attainment gap from the EEF's first six years. They include the importance of early years education in closing the gap before it becomes entrenched; targeted small group interventions for those at risk of falling behind; robust and rigorous evaluation of teaching and learning strategies; and sharing effective practice between schools (and building capacity for doing so) as key to closing the gap. The report can be found here
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