Skip to main content
EU Exit Preparations

Please ensure that you and your staff are familiar with the DfE guidance available online at
Lord Agnew (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System) issued a letter to Directors of Children’s Services requesting that it is shared with state schools. Read the ‘Guidance for schools on leaving the EU’ letter online.

National effective practice

It is for schools to decide how best to spend the pupil premium allocated to them taking into account their pupil's needs. However, to help schools choose between different approaches The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) provides a toolkit which summarises the educational research about the effectiveness and value for money of a range of approaches. The Families of Schools Toolkit helps teachers learn about effective practice from similar schools.

The EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research about 34 approaches to improve the achievements of disadvantaged pupils, each summarised in terms of their average impact on attainment, the strength of the evidence supporting them and their cost - link opposite. To support you in considering different approaches we've put together a summary:

EEF Toolkit Overview

The DfE present pupil premium awards to schools whose use of the pupil premium has significantly improved the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. There are prizes for primary, secondary and special schools in England. Case studies from the winners can be found on the Pupil Premium Awards website - link shown opposite. Local winners in 2015 were:

  • Belmont Special School, Cheltenham (National finalist)
  • Harewood Junior School, Gloucester (Regional runner up)
  • Bourton-on-the-Water Primary School (Qualifier prize winner)
  • Castle Hill Primary School (Qualifier prize winner)
  • St Mark's Church of England Junior School (Qualifier prize winner)
  • Cashes Green Primary School (Qualifier prize winner)
  • Foxmoor Primary School (Qualifier prize winner)
  • Rodborough Community Primary School (Qualifier prize winner)
  • Balcarras School (Qualifier prize winner)
  • Cirencester Deer Park School (Qualifier prize winner)

The DfE also publish a list of key stage 2 and key stage 4 schools with excellent results for disadvantaged pupils - link shown opposite.  Local schools that received a congratulations letter in 2015 from the Minister for Schools for their disadvantaged pupils' excellent results were:

  • Dinglewell Junior School
  • Gloucester Road Primary School
  • Hillview Primary School
  • Linden Primary School
  • Severnbanks Primary School
  • St John's Church of England Academy


Help us improve Schoolsnet

Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details.