Categories and Criteria

The 2017 Pupil Premium Awards will have five categories that will be open to all state-funded schools and early years providers with pupil premium-eligible pupils:

1. The Primary category – this category includes both Infant schools and Primary schools;
2. The Secondary category – this includes both Middle and Secondary schools; 
3. The Special Schools/Alternative Provision category; 
4. A new Early Years category – this category is for all Early Years providers;
5. A new Pupil Premium Plus category – this category is for all schools with looked after and/or previously looked after children; and local authority Virtual School Heads.

Applications will open on Wednesday 1st March 2017 and the closing date for entries in all categories will be Friday 31st March 2017.

Any School or Early Years provider applying for the Awards will need to have an overall Ofsted inspection judgement for effectiveness of 1 (outstanding) or 2 (good) in their most recent Ofsted inspection.

The Primary category

This category is open for applications from two types of school: Primary schools (including Junior schools) who can apply based on their Key Stage 2 results; and Infant schools.

For schools applying for an award based on their Key Stage 2 results, they will have to:

a. have an above average percentage of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths in 2014, 2015 and 2016; 

or

b. be able to show a significant improvement in the percentage of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths between 2014 and 2016; 

as well as having

At least 9 disadvantaged pupils in Year 6 (KS2) in total, across both groups of academic years 2013-15 and 2014-16 inclusive; and
Above national average progress scores for disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils in reading, writing and maths in 2016.

Infant and or Junior schools can apply for an award if they have at least 6 disadvantaged pupils in the last year of the infant school in both school years 2014/15 and 2015/16 and have showed good improvement for the most recent cohort compared to the previous cohort.

The Secondary category:


This category is open for applications from two types of school: Secondary schools who can apply based on their Key Stage 4 results and Middle schools.

For Schools applying for an award based on their Key Stage 4 results, they will have to:

a. have an above average percentage of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils achieving A*-C grade GCSEs in English and maths between 2014 and 2016;

 or 

b. be able to show a significant improvement in the percentage of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils achieving A*-C grade GCSEs in English and maths between 2014 and 2016;

as well as having

At least 9 disadvantaged pupils in Year 11 (KS4), in total, across both groups of academic years 2013-15 and 2014-16 inclusive;
An above national average progress 8 score for disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils in 2016; and
An above national average rate for the percentage of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils achieving the EBacc in 2016.

Middle schools can apply for an award if they have at least 6 disadvantaged pupils in Year 9 in both school years 2014/15 and 2015/16 and have showed good improvement for the most recent cohort compared to the previous cohort.

Special Schools and Alternative Provision Schools category:

Special schools and alternative provision schools can enter the awards process if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

Had at least 6 disadvantaged pupils in national curriculum year 6 in both school years 2014/15 and 2015/16;

or

Had at least 6 disadvantaged pupils in national curriculum year 11 in both school years 2014/15 and 2015/16; and
Showed good improvement for the most recent cohort compared to the previous cohort.

Early Years category:

This category is open to all Early Years providers that had at least 6 children registered and in receipt of the Early Years Pupil Premium in the financial year 2015-16. 

We will also accept joint applications made by one or more Early Years providers that ‘pool’ their Early Years Pupil Premium funding, providing they meet the other criteria for this category.

To enter for a national prize, you will need to submit an application with information about how the Early Years Pupil Premium has been used effectively and could include information and evidence on; 

Supporting the transition from Early Years to school;
Promoting healthy eating and lifestyles;
Improving parental engagement;
Using the Education Endowment Foundation’s Early Years Toolkit.

Pupil Premium Plus category

This category is open to both schools and Virtual School Heads to demonstrate how the Pupil Premium Plus has been used effectively to support Looked After Children or Previously Looked After Children (i.e. those who have left care through adoption or via a special guardianship, child arrangements or residence order). The application can be based on a single child or a group of children. 

Due to the sensitivities attached to recipients of the Pupil Premium Plus funding, we would request that the information included in applications be anonymised. 

Either a school or Virtual School Head could apply on an individual basis or they could submit a joint application. All applications must include a statement/letter of support from both a school and a Virtual School Head.
Applications could include information and evidence on how the Pupil Premium Plus has been used to:

Improve attainment;  
Have a significant impact on stability and wellbeing;
Develop authority wide training for designated teachers on the needs of looked-after children and previously looked after children;
Develop effective partnerships between a virtual school and an education setting;
Achieve smooth transitions between primary/secondary, care placement moves, entry and exit from care;
Supporting those aged 16 plus to remain engaged in high quality education and training; and 
Support for those for whom English is a second language.