Ahead of his address at SecEd’s National Pupil Premium and Ofsted Conference, Stephen Rollett offers five steps for ensuring your Pupil Premium spending narrows the gap

There is no single best way for schools to use Pupil Premium funding. The most effective approach is to respond to the need on the ground, within your own context, ensuring that disadvantaged children receive the right support at the right time.

If school funding was a military exercise, the Pupil Premium would be your SAS – agile, responsive and targeted at key strategic objectives.

Since its launch in 2011, the Pupil Premium has been used by schools to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap with other pupils.

It must be remembered that “disadvantage” in this context is defined by a specific set of criteria. While the Pupil Premium should be spent on those who meet that criteria, you may have other children in your school who are in need of extra support but who are not funded by the Pupil Premium. Obviously, it is important to meet the needs of all pupils – not just those in receipt of the Pupil Premium grant.

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