You are here:

Last updated on 25 July 2016
Ref: 30002
School types: All · School phases: All
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to help raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. We've brought together useful articles and downloads to help you with your school's approach.

The pupil premium: an overview

Quickread icon

 The Key's pupil premium QuickRead is a good place to start, as it summarises the key aspects of the pupil premium in just one page.

The QuickRead explains what the pupil premium is, who is eligible, and how much funding schools will receive.

 You may then wish to read our article 'Pupil premium: eligible pupils' for more detailed information on pupil premium eligibility.

Your school might already have a pupil premium policy, or be considering developing one. Our article has examples of pupil premium policies from schools recognised for effective use of the funding.

Spending the pupil premium  

Pupil premium link governors

Gov article answers

If you're a link governor for the pupil premium, or considering appointing one in your governing body, you might want to check out our article on the role and responsibilities of the pupil premium link governor.

videos icon

It is important that your school's use of the pupil premium is as effective as possible.

We have brought together advice from one of our associate education experts, local authorities (LAs) and Ofsted on ensuring that you get value for money when spending the pupil premium funding.

We also summarise research on effective use of the pupil premium funding, including on specific interventions such as:

  • Feedback
  • One-to-one tuition
  • Meta-cognition 

One of our associate education experts, Martin Owen, talks about the best use of the pupil premium funding he has seen. Martin has more than 20 years' experience working with academies and schools to improve their governance, leadership and management of financial, business and operational processes.

Pupil premium and accountability

gov inspection icon

The headteacher should prepare a report to governors on how the pupil premium is spent. Our article includes a downloadable KeyDoc template he or she can use to do this.


The Key's article on Ofsted inspection of pupil premium spending explains that when judging the effectiveness of leadership and management, inspectors will consider:

How effectively leaders use additional funding, including the pupil premium, and measure its impact on outcomes for pupils, and how effectively governors hold them to account for this.

For further information on different aspects of the pupil premium, see the following articles from The Key:

  • Pupil premium: spending Know what your role is in monitoring pupil premium spending, and get up to speed with the rules on what it should and shouldn't be spent on.
  • Pupil premium: demonstrating the impact How can we show the impact of the pupil premium funding? We highlight examples of how schools can demonstrate the impact of the pupil premium spending. We also look at how to show the impact of pastoral support, and cite advice on presenting information to Ofsted.

More from The Key

The Key has taken great care in publishing this article. However, some of the article's content and information may come from or link to third party sources whose quality, relevance, accuracy, completeness, currency and reliability we do not guarantee. Accordingly, we will not be held liable for any use of or reliance placed on this article's content or the links or downloads it provides. This article may contain information sourced from public sector bodies and licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.