How to review your pupil premium policy

Be clear on what questions you can ask and what to look out for in your school's pupil premium policy so you can review it confidently.

Last reviewed on 26 February 2024See updates
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  1. Key facts
  2. Key points to look out for
  3. 3 key questions to challenge the policy
  4. Examples from schools
  5. Model policy

Key points to look out for

Below we suggest what might be included in a pupil premium policy, based on the Department for Education's (DfE's) guidance on pupil premium allocations and conditions of grant 2024 to 2025. However, since this policy isn't statutory, it can vary.

It’s not meant as a guide for writing a policy, since that’s your school leaders’ job – instead, use it to give you a sense of what to look for when reviewing it.

Aims and objectives

For example:

  • Making sure that all members of the school community understand the purpose of pupil premium and who's eligible
  • Setting out how the school will make decisions about the use of the pupil premium
  • Setting out the roles and responsibilities of those who manage the pupil premium 

Eligible pupils

Ever 6 and free school meals Looked-after children (LAC) and previously looked-after

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