Deciding how to spend the pupil premium funding
In his blog (link opposite), Sir John Dunford (National Pupil Premium Champion 2013-15) sets out a process for deciding what policies for spending the pupil premium funding best suit each school's individual circumstances. In summary, the ten steps in his plan are:
Step 1. Set an ambition for what you want your school to achieve with PP funding.
Step 2. The process of decision-making on PP spending starts with an analysis of the barriers to learning for PP pupils.
Step 3. Decide on the desired outcomes of your PP spending.
Step 4. Against each desired outcome, identify success criteria.
Step 5. Evaluate the effectiveness and impact of your current PP strategies and change them if necessary.
Step 6. Research the evidence of what works best (The EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit can help here, link opposite - an accessible summary of educational research about 34 approaches to improve the acheivements of disadvantaged pupils, each summarised in terms of their average impact on attainment, the strength of the evidence supporting them and their cost).
Step 7. Decide on the optimum range of strategies to be adopted.
Step 8. Staff training in depth.
Step 9. Monitor the progress of PP-eligible pupils frequently.
Step 10. Put an audit trail on the school website for PP spending.
Action Plan Templates
The following action plan template comes from a guidance document produced by NCTL & TSC on 'Effective pupil premium reviews' (November 2014):
Pupil premium action plan template
You may find it useful to develop a Pupil Premium Provision Map to keep track of the provision in place for all pupils eligible for pupil premium funding. Here's one that we've put together as a starting point: