The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers

Pupil premium funding is available to:

  • local authority maintained schools, including special schools and pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • voluntary-sector alternative provision (AP), with local authority agreement
  • special schools not maintained by the local authority (NMSS)
  • academies and free schools, including special and AP academies

Effective use of pupil premium

The Education Endowment Foundation has produced a teaching and learning toolkit to help teachers and schools effectively use the pupil premium to support disadvantaged pupils. Its families of schools toolkit helps teachers learn about effective practice from similar schools.

The Early Intervention Foundation also has a guidebook which includes evidence and guidance on how to deliver effective early intervention.

Online reporting

You must publish details of how your school spends its pupil premium funding and the effect of this on the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding.

 You must include:

  • how much pupil premium funding you received for this academic year
  • details of how you intend to spend the funding, including your reasons and evidence
  • details of how you spent the pupil premium funding you received for last academic year
  • how it made a difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils

The funding is allocated for each financial year, but the information you publish online should refer to the academic year, as this is how parents and the general public understand the school year.

As you won’t know how much funding you’re getting for the latter part of the academic year (from April to July), you should report on the funding up to the end of the financial year. You should then update this information later in the year when you have all the figures.

Read guidance on what specific information you must publish on your website. 

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. You can find more information in Ofsted’s school inspection handbook.

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

For more information see guidance on how to commission a pupil premium review 

Early Years Pupil Premium

The early years pupil premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-olds.

Early years providers are any organisation offering education for children aged under 5, including nurseries, pre-schools and childminders.

Looked After Children (LAC) premium

The LAC premium must be managed by the designated virtual school head (VSH) and used for the benefit of the looked-after child’s educational needs as described in their personal education plan.

The VSH should ensure there are arrangements in place to discuss how the child will benefit from pupil premium funding with the designated teacher in the child’s education setting.