The DfE’s new Pupil Premium strategy statement is aimed at helping schools to explain how they are using this crucial funding. Suzanne O’Connell looks at what it entails and what’s involved

This year the Department of Education has produced a standard Pupil Premium strategy statement for primary and secondary schools to use.

The statement is to help you explain how your Pupil Premium funding is being spent and the outcomes that are being achieved.

New guidance (DfE, 2021a) includes a template that must be used to publish your statement for the 2021/22 academic year. It states: “From the 2021/22 academic year, you must use the template provided to publish your statement – this is a condition of your funding.”

It includes a requirement to demonstrate how your spending decisions are informed by a range of evidence and the guidance adds that Ofsted inspectors will use the statement to help them prepare for their visit.

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