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The Pupil Premium

Page last updated: 08/09/2020

​​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.

​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 on carole.farrer@essex.gov.uk​ for further information regarding support to teaching staff and school leaders in raising achievement.

 

Funding

For the 2020/21 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: £1,345
  • Pupils in year 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM: £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 chid or in receipt of child pension from the Ministry of Defence: £310

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 educationawards@essex.gov.uk

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 as to 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:

Education Endowment Foundation – online learning resources

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 well 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.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement

You must publish a strategy statement if your school gets the pupil premium.

To create a strategy statement, you can:

Please refer to the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Pupil Premium Guide before completing the forms.

Your online statement should explain:

  • how much you have been allocated this year
  • how you intend to spend the pupil premium
  • the rationale for your spending decisions, including the barriers you're looking to overcome
  • the intended impact
  • what effect last year's pupil premium spending had within your school

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.

This article asks thought-provoking questions about how schools spend their Pupil Premium money and helps you to begin identifying a strategy to maximise the effects on outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable learners. It signposts the DfE’s new Pupil Premium templates and the EEF guidance on Pupil Premium, both of which Marc Rowland, who we are working with this year in Essex helped to write and advise on.

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?​​

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 carole.farrer@essex.gov.uk 
    For enquiries relating to the award of the Pupil Premium Grant please visit the Essex County Council website or email educationawards@essex.gov.uk
  • Pupil Premium Programme 2019/20

    We are in the process of 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 is 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 have been invited to participate representing a range of settings. All schools will have the opportunity to learn from the programme as we disseminate information and support through our school partnerships meetings.

    Marc Rowlands delivered a session on the Active Ingredients in Maximising the Impact of the Pupil Premium to the pilot schools. Please see the presentation.​

  • 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

 

Pupil Premium Programme 2019/20

We are in the process of 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 is 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 have been invited to participate representing a range of settings. All schools will have the opportunity to learn from the programme as we disseminate information and support through our school partnerships meetings.

Marc Rowlands delivered a session on the Active Ingredients in Maximising the Impact of the Pupil Premium to the pilot schools. Please see the presentation.

​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 visit 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 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.
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