Pupil Premium - Closing the Attainment Gap

What is 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.

In addition to this, the Early Years Pupil Premium will be trialled in January 2015 and the funding will then be introduced from April 2015.

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 2015 to 2016


Looked After Children - £1,900

Primary School Student - £1,320

Secondary School Student - £935

Additional Funding

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:

˅ 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.

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.

Want to get Maths-Whizz in your school?

Book a consultation today to find out how you can use pupil premium to fund Maths-Whizz