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Pupil Premium Awards for schools that do the most to help disadvantaged pupils

May 2, 2014 1:42 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Schools that go above and beyond to help disadvantaged pupils improve their results could win a share of £4m, as part of the Pupil Premium Awards announced by Nick Clegg and Schools Minister David Laws.


The awards encourage schools up and down the country to find innovative and effective ways of using Pupil Premium funding to boost the achievements of disadvantaged students.

Thousands of pupils in up to 500 schools across England could benefit from the awards.

Prizes for schools who enter the Deputy Prime Minister's Pupil Premium Awards include:

  • £250,000 for the top secondary school
  • £100,000 for the top primary and special schools
  • Up to 20 regional rewards of £100,000 for secondary schools and £50,000 for primary and special schools
  • Up to 18 runner-up prizes of up to £50,000
  • Hundreds of qualifier awards of up to £5,000

Schools can use the money to fund extra teacher support for pupils who need it most or send their disadvantaged pupils on educational visits that benefit their studies.

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

"Too often a child's destiny can be determined by where they were born or how much their parents earn. The pupil premium helps schools turn this around with vital funding - it's social mobility in action. It helps disadvantaged children get the support, education and skills they need to get on in life and succeed.

"Schools across the country are showing how innovative methods can not only help improve the opportunities for individual children, but helps whole classes progress too, and so I'm pleased to announce the rewards up for grabs in next year's Pupil Premium Awards are even greater for both schools and the children whose lives they help transform."

Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws said:

"The pupil premium is transforming the way we educate our disadvantaged children. Now the enhanced Pupil Premium Awards will reward the schools leading the way in bridging the gap between background and achievement.

"Previous awards have been a tremendous success and we are making the 2015 scheme bigger and better. By next year's awards we will have invested a total of £6.25 billion through the pupil premium over 4 years, highlighting our commitment to helping disadvantaged pupils do well in school."

Up to 8 additional prizes of £25,000 each will be awarded to eligible schools with the highest proportions of free school meal eligible pupils that:

  • Achieve the top grade (level 6) in reading and mathematics tests at 11 years old
  • Pass A level physics having participated in the Cambridge Rutherford Schools Physics Project
  • Achieve the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), a combination of qualifications including English, mathematics, history or geography, the sciences and a language
  • Pass A level further mathematics
  • Go on to study at Oxford or Cambridge universities
  • Go on to study at Russell Group universities, an association of 24 leading universities

The awards will bring together schools from across England to a ceremony in London next year to celebrate the hard work of teachers, pupils and governors.