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Pupil Premium – Closing the Attainment Gap

What is the pupil premium?

The pupil premium is the additional funding that is given to publicly-funded schools in England. It is designed to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students and close the gap between those students and their peers from Reception to Year 11. Schools will receive the following funding for each child that is currently eligible for free school meals or has been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point over the last 6 years:


Pupil premium funding 2014 to 2015

Funding allocation per student Student type
£1,300 Student of Primary School age
£935 Student of Secondary School age
£1,900 Looked-after children (who have been looked after for one day or more, are adopted or live in care under a Special Guardianship Order or a Residence Order)

The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium provides schools with an additional £500 for each year 7 student who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. For further information on the funding that is available to your school, visit the official .gov website.


What are the challenges for schools?

The Department for Education holds headteachers and school governing bodies accountable for the impact of their pupil premium funding. Each school must prove that they are using their pupil premium funding in the most effective way, via the following means:

Reporting method What is the purpose of this reporting method?
Performance tables Outline the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers.
The Ofsted inspection framework Highlights the attainment of student groups, and in particular, those that are eligible for pupil premium funding.
Yearly reports Outline how the pupil premium is used and the impact that it is having on student achievement. These published online reports must include details of: how the school has spent their funding allocation in previous academic years; how the school intends to spend the funding allocation in the current academic year; how this allocation has made a difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils in the school so far.

These reporting mechanisms are designed to help schools effectively use the pupil premium to support disadvantaged pupils, but they can often result in an administrative nightmare before any of the benefits of the funding can be felt.


How can Maths-Whizz help?

Maths-Whizz is ideal for closing the attainment gap and assisting with reporting from Pupil Premium funding.

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As a differentiated learning tool, it provides high quality personalised tutoring in maths for all students, regardless of age or background. This means that disadvantaged pupils receive the attention that they need, exactly where they need it, helping to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

Maths-Whizz Reports allow teachers and heads of school to monitor and then report on progress throughout the academic year. This allows for effective online reporting and justification of resource allocation. On average, students improve their Maths Age by 18 months when they use Maths-Whizz for an hour a week in their first year of use.

Comprehensive reporting for schools

Maths-Whizz is being used as a differentiated learning tool to deliver personalised lessons and reduce the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers in schools around the UK. To find out how to use your pupil premium to fund Maths-Whizz in your school, speak to a Whizz Education Advisor on +44 (0) 20 7298 5179 or get in touch below!

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