Pupil Premium…(Again!)

At my new school we have been thinking about how to allocate our Pupil Premium funding for our brand new cohort. This has been a process that has spanned over the entire term. We are mindful that is our first cohort, and currently our only students.

Now, before I get the comments that revolve around just treating all your students the same. Along with having high expectations for all students. I do not disagree. I do not have a problem with helping all underachieving students, irrespective of whether they have a PP label or not. I also, do not believe all PP students should be ‘given anything extra’ if they do not ‘need it.’

AND, I also know/feel/think that the most effective way to bring about change is to have brilliant, highly effective teaching. The problem is, our definitions of what constitutes effective teaching is highly variable.

I tweeted this out a few days ago, which has sparked a lot of interest.

I then posted this thread: These are my personal feelings.

I have blogged about PP a lot here. Click here to read.

To help any PP leads out, I have collated all relevant links to research/evidence/spotlights to effective practice and some key blogs for you below… Hope you find them of use.

Useful information/Helpful links:

  • Service Pupil Guidance- Updated- January 2018– Click here.
  • Service Pupils Best Practice Guide by the MoD- Click here.
  • Key To Success Website- how to find out who is eligible for PP money.
  • Pupil Premium awards winners website. Click here.
  • December 2017- Closing the Attainment Gap- And EEF summary! Click here.
  • August 2017- Closing the Gap- Trends in Educational Underachivement- Click here
  • April 2017- How to Spend your PP. Click here.
  • March 2017– An Ofsted update. Click here.
  • January 2017– NFER research- The Building Block on PP success. Click here.
  • September 2016– An update from the DfE on PP funding and the requirement to put in place a PP strategy as opposed to a PP statement. All information here.
  • Teaching Schools Alliance guidance on writing a PP strategy with templates- click here.
  • EEF DIY evaluation tool for PP- Click here.
  • Information on Year 7 Numeracy and Literacy Catch up funding. Click here.
  • January 2016- Conditions for Grant information. Click here.
  • November 2015– An update from the Dfe- Click here to read a report summarising the use of Pupil Premium spending.
  • July 2015– The Sutton Trust and the EEF released a report called Pupil Premium The Next Steps. Click here.
  • January 2015– The Education Endowment Foundation has released the Families of Schools Database. This really useful tool can provide data on similar schools to yours. It is worth checking out how others are doing in your surrounding area with the same intake as yours. Click here. I will be using this to organise visits!
  • January 2015- DfE guidance on organising a Pupil Premium review. Click here.
  • November 2014 The Teaching Schools Council working with David Laws and John Dunford (Pupil Premium Champion), have published a guide aimed at helping school leaders evaluate their Pupil Premium spending in an evidence informed manner.
  • September 2014 Click here to read Sir John Dunfords 10 point plan.
  • March 2014 The DfE has also published information on a review process that schools can commission themselves (using Pupil Premium funding), or be asked to commission as a result of discrepancies through an Ofsted inspection. The review itself, will look at ‘how system leaders can help schools improve how they spend their pupil premium budget.’ Information can be found here.
  • March 2014– Unseen Children Report by Ofsted. Read here.
  • March 2014– Making the best use of Teaching Assistants. Click here.
  • Here is a useful document too by Oxford University Press! Along with this old document published by the DFE- includes the top 10 Gap Busters!



Key blogs to follow…



  1. I was in the lecture hall at Durham when the research paper about TA value-for-money was presented. The hiss of horror around the room is something I’ll never forget. A lot of TAs-turning-teachers were appalled.

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