Frequently asked questions


What can you expect from the 2017 Pupil Premium Awards?

Building on the success of the 2016 Pupil Premium Awards, in 2017 pupils and teachers at the winning schools will be offered a range of exciting opportunities by some of the country's leading cultural, arts and STEM organisations.

Winners of the Early Year category and the Pupil Premium category will receive a prize package which will suit the needs of the school or provider.


How do I enter?

Before you enter one of the award categories, you will need to register your details and confirm your email address by clicking on the login / register tab at the top of this page . You will then be ready to enter by clicking on the enter now tab at the top of this page.

Entries will be open between Wednesday 1st March and Friday 31st March 2017 and all applications will be made through an online form on the Pupil Premium Awards website.

Further details about the eligibility criteria for each of the categories are available here.


What are the prizes for the awards?

Those schools selected as winners by our Judging Panel and who have done the most to improve the performance of their disadvantaged children will be rewarded with prizes donated by our sponsors, including: Science Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, Apps for good, National Youth Dance Company, Dance City Newcastle, South West Music School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Historic England, London Symphony Orchestra and Swindon Dance Youth Academy.

Further details about prizes are available here.

Is every school in the country eligible?

To be eligible we require schools to have an overall Ofsted inspection judgement for effectiveness of 1 or 2.  Although we know that there are schools currently in Ofsted categories 3 or 4 that are working to increase attainment our view is that parents and other partners will expect these schools to focus on the basic improvements, which Ofsted will have highlighted in its report.  

We want to reward those schools which have genuinely contributed to increasing attainment, in a sustained manner, rather than just in the most recent academic year.  We have also defined eligibility on the basis of the number of a school's pupil premium pupils because we wish to reward those schools that have contributed most to raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.


Why these criteria?

We have defined eligibility on the basis of the number of a school's disadvantaged pupils because we wish to reward those schools that have a large number of disadvantaged pupils and therefore have the largest challenge.  And we have also decided to look at improvement over time so that we can reward those schools which have genuinely secured improvement over time, in a sustained manner, rather than just benefiting from different cohorts of pupils. Full eligibility criteria are available here.


Who is on the 2017 judging panel?

The 2017 Pupil Premium judging panel is here