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Reviewing, monitoring & evaluating tools

Review tools

Ofsted's report 'The pupil premium: How schools are spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement' (February 2013) found that where schools spent the pupil premium funding successfully to improve achievement, they shared a number of characteristics. We've compiled these characteristics into a simple self-review:

Pupil premium self-review form

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:

School Inspection Handbook PP references Sept 2019

Primary School Inspection Comments Since Sept 2016

Secondary School Inspection Comments Since Sept 2016

Section 8 inspection example report - secondary

West Gloucestershire Schools Partnership (WGSP) and Dene Magna School, with support from an Education Consultant commissioned by the local authority, have developed a Pupil Premium Audit which can be used by school leaders and governors to review their policy and practice in terms of pupil premium funding.  Pupil Premium Audit.

Monitoring tools

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:

Example Pupil Premium Provision Map

Pupil Premium Provision Map Template


Evaluation tools

"There is very little difference in the types of spending reported on in the best schools compared with those that are judged as requires improvement or inadequate. However, the major differences are the extent to which leaders ensure that the funding is very carefully targeted at the types of activities that best meet the needs of their pupils, and the rigour with which these activities are monitored, evaluated and amended." (Ofsted - The pupil premium: an update, July 2014, Para 14).

A detailed guide on how to undertake an evaluative approach to educational developments is provided by the Education Endowment Foundation - EEF The DIY Evaluation Guide January 2013

The following self-evaluation tool comes from NCTL & TSC's guidance on 'Effective pupil premium reviews' (November 2014): Pupil premium self evaluation


Other tools

In May 2016 the 'Effective pupil premium reviews' guide was updated and includes a useful 'Pupil premium strategy statement' template. The template, along with completed primary and secondary school examples, can be downloaded from the 'Accountability' section - link opposite.


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