The pupil premium: next steps

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Sutton Trust (Organization); Education Endowment Foundation
Sutton Trust
Date of publication
30 June 2015
Education and Skills
Social welfare
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The pupil premium has enabled schools – including many in areas not traditionally seen as facing significant disadvantage – to do more to improve the results of their less advantaged pupils. But equally, the data suggests that we still have much to do to ensure that those from poorer families do as well as their classmates. Some schools have closed that gap, but many still have a long way to go. This report recommends:

  • Continued support for the pupil premium, to improve attainment for disadvantaged pupils.
  • Continuing to pay the pupil premium on the basis of disadvantage, not prior attainment
  • A strong commitment to the promotion of use of evidence to inform decision-making, particularly where it has been tested in randomised control trials.
  • Improved teacher training and professional development so that all school leaders and classroom teachers understand how to use data and research effectively.
  • More effective systems to allow schools to identify pupils eligible for pupil premium funding.
  • Extension of pupil premium awards so that schools that successfully and consistently improve results for all while narrowing the attainment gap are properly rewarded.