Department for Education – Pupil Premium Awards 2017
On Wednesday 1st March, the Department for Education launched the 2017 Pupil Premium Awards. The awards, which are currently in their fifth year, celebrate and showcase the achievement of the schools which have made a significant and sustained positive difference to the educational performance of their disadvantaged pupils. The awards shine a light on the practices that schools have put in place to improve the attainment and other outcomes of their pupil premium-eligible pupils.
The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and provides schools with additional funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities. Since the pupil premium was introduced in April 2011, it has provided over £8.7bn of additional funding for schools to improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils, with a further £2.5bn allocated for 2016-17. Since the awards began in 2013, they have recognised the excellent work done by schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged children in Special Schools and throughout Special Education.
The Special Schools and Alternative Provision category, alongside the awards’ other four categories will be open for application until 31st March 2017.
One of the judges of this year’s awards is Jude Ragan MBE, who won the Special Schools and Alternative Provision category as head teacher of Queensmill School in 2015. She previously wrote about how her school used the Pupil Premium to raise the attainment of disadvantaged children with SEN and the impact that winning the award had had on her school.