School inspections report on the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils who attract the pupil premium. When reviewing where you are as a school in terms of the pupil premium funding it is useful to consider Ofsted's expectations. To support you in doing this we have extracted all references to 'pupil premium' and 'disadvantaged pupils' from the School Inspection Handbook (September 2018) and compiled some comments from Ofsted reports:
Schools must publish their strategy for the school's use of the pupil premium on their websites.
For the current academic year, you must include:
- your school's pupil premium grant allocation amount
- a summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school
- how you'll spend the pupil premium to address those barriers and the reasons for that approach
- how you'll measure the impact 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 impact of the expenditure on eligible and other pupils
Pupil premium funding is allocated for each financial year, but the information you publish online should refer to the academic year, as this is how parents understand the school system.
As you won't know allocations for the end of the academic year (April to July), you should report on the funding up to the end of the financial year and update it when you have all the figures.
The Teaching Schools Council have produced example templates as part of their 'Effective pupil premium reviews' guide. The template, along with completed primary and secondary school examples, can be downloaded below (use of the templates is voluntary):
School performance tables also report on the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers.
Pupil premium reviews
Ofsted will recommend that a school commissions a pupil premium review if they identify issues with the school's provision for disadvantaged pupils.
Other bodies may also recommend that you commission a pupil premium review, including:
- your local authority
- your academy trust
- your regional schools commissioner
- the Department for Education
More about pupil premium reviews.