The pupil premium toolkit: your 3 steps to success
It’s great news that pupil premium funding policy is set to continue, but school business managers still face a huge amount of pressure. Our experts are on hand to help.
- Our Pupil Premium Toolkit provides a range of information and advice.
- Find out what crucial advice Pupil Premium Champion Sir John Dunford has to offer.
- Watch our video to find out what advice headteachers would give.
- Read some success stories of how schools have implemented the pupil premium.
- Download and use our Pupil Premium Decision Chart.
If there’s one thing that’s bound to keep a school business manager up at night it’s the pupil premium. And little wonder: SBMs have to be sure they are investing the funding effectively to ‘close the gap' in terms of attainment for disadvantaged pupils.
On top of this, scrutiny of your school’s spending decisions, monitoring and evaluation, and pupil outcomes are set to remain a key part of government and Ofsted policy.
That’s a lot of pressure.
Fear not: we have sought the four corners of the educational sector, from Ofsted inspectors and government representatives to academics and experienced school business managers, to bring you all the most relevant and up-to-date information you need.
Our Pupil Premium Toolkit will give you practical advice that you can implement today, leaving you feeling confident and prepared for that Ofsted visit.
We were lucky to gain an exclusive interview with pupil premium champion, Sir John Dunford.
Sir John talked to us about:
- how to invest the pupil premium when there is no ‘one size fits all’
- what successful investment looks like
- how to know you are spending it effectively
- examples of how to use the funding creatively
- the future for the pupil premium.
Here is a sneak preview of some of his advice:
Q. What are Ofsted really looking for?
A. When schools are making an impact on closing the gap, when they are raising the attainment of their pupil premium youngsters, Ofsted won’t be worried about how they are doing it. That is up to them. And if Ofsted is worried about that, challenge them.
Q. Is there such a thing as a ‘typical pupil premium child?’
A. No. We have to look at the needs of every individual and put the right help and support in place for those individuals, whatever their background.
Alun Rees is a pupil premium expert. It comes as little surprise that this webinar has been one of our most popular: he offers a range of advice and practical ideas that you can implement today.
Alun’s advice includes:
- ‘Don’t ignore the Education Endowment Foundation toolkit.’
- ‘Individual members of staff need to be constantly and consistently self-evaluative.’
People are often afraid of the unknown and the new early years pupil premium funding has caused much consternation for this reason. Following our successful conference earlier this year, we asked three headteachers to share the main things they learned.
- observe your children to establish a baseline
- discuss with staff and parents/carers
- remember that your relationship with parents is key
- recognise the importance of children’s competencies
- look at research to find the most effective strategies
- review and evaluate consistently
- use case studies to see how others use the pupil premium.
- Why reinvent the wheel? Read this great success story of how one school evidenced the impact of the pupil premium. Find out about their target tracker database used to examine pupil progress and the Boxall profile to assess non-measurable skills like self-esteem and wellbeing.
- As they say, there is always strength in numbers. In this case study, discover how a school spent the pupil premium by working in partnership. This includes funding on joint initiatives and CPD and working together to review and evaluate teaching and learning.
- We collated your most-asked questions and put them to our panel of experts. Advice includes: ‘Have the courage of your convictions to spend the pupil premium on what you believe is right’ and: ‘Be sensitive to the possibility of stereotyping and stigma attached to pupil premium students.’ Wise words.
Download and use
One school has very kindly shared its template to show you how it allocated its pupil premium funding.
We also had the pleasure of chatting to early years expert Dr Julian Grenier who spoke to us about the pupil premium. We’ve put together an early years pupil premium decision chart to help you make the best decisions for your school’s funding.