Pupil Premium


What is a pupil premium review?

A Pupil Premium review is a review of the provision your school makes for its disadvantaged pupils using its Pupil Premium. This is carried out by an external system leader, who will work with your school to develop effective strategies for spending the pupil premium to maximise its impact based on specific evidence-based interventions. It is carried out in partnership with a system leader, typically an NLE or LLE, who has a track record of boosting disadvantaged pupils’ achievement. In our Teaching School Alliance this would be by the following:

Name  Job/Role School Name
Sarah Malam Headteacher/LLE Courthouse Green Primary
Isobel Rose Headteacher/LLE Mount Nod Primary
Tamara McCarthy Headteacher/LLE Holbrook Primary
Karen Ferguson Headteacher/LLE Stivichall Primary
Joy Mitchell Headteacher/LLE North Leamington School
Andrew Morgan Deputy Headteacher i/c Pupil Premium Caludon Castle School
Michele Marr Headteacher/CEO/NLE Caludon Castle School

The purpose and output of the review is to provide a new pupil premium strategy for your school, including planned spend, based on specific evidence-based interventions.

Who needs a pupil premium review?

A pupil premium review could be recommended following an Ofsted section 5 inspection that finds that a school ‘requires improvement’ for (i) overall effectiveness and (ii) leadership and management and where there are significant issues regarding the attainment of pupils eligible for the pupil premium.
Any school that can commission a pupil premium review from a system leader as part of their own improvement strategy. The system leader can also include a review of governance with regard to the use of pupil premium funding.

Why a system leader?

Each of our system leaders has a proven track record in accelerating the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and closing the gap between them and their peers. They are recommended by the National College for Teaching and Leadership through their pupil premium directing.

These system leaders have demonstrated:

  • above average progress in English and maths* for disadvantaged pupils and above average attainment** for disadvantaged pupils
  • evidence of having narrowed in-school attainment gaps
  • that these improvements have been achieved in the school they lead now or in a school that they have supported closely (which must have sufficient Pupil Premium pupils to provide data (6 or more)).

*Above 87% and 82% respectively at key stage 2 and 54% and 52% respectively at key stage 4.
**68% achieving Level 4+ in English and maths at key stage 2 and 39% achieving A*–C in English and maths at GCSE at key stage 4.

Please contact Carol Harris for further information on Pupil Premium reviews