How to develop a pupil premium policy – with three examples to consider

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Whilst not statutory, it’s a really good idea for your school to develop a pupil premium policy that reflects its thinking on how the needs of these pupils are effectively met.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ template that you should follow; your document should reflect your school.  Here are a variety of examples that might be useful starting points for your thinking:

Anson Primary School

Pakeman Primary School

Barclay Secondary School

In terms of what headings to work with on your document, again it has to be a school choice which reflects the style of your existing policies. Potential headings include Philosophy, Purpose, Principles, Monitoring, Reporting and Objectives.

Here is some guidance from Dr Charlotte Carter-Wall, key adviser to the DfE on developing your policy:

  • It must be transparent and accountable.
  • It must be compelling and bring real meaning to what you do for disadvantaged children and endorse your basis for proportioning funding.
  • It must be crystal clear and understood by all stakeholders.
  • Your culture must align with your policy statement.
  • It is for the long haul – it will not fundamentally change even when the gap closes.
  • It should be accessible on your website.

For more information on effective use of pupil premium or any other school improvement or professional development issues please contact the Learning Exchange advisers on 01934 427508 or send us a quick email using this form.

Neil Harris

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