Disadvantaged Pupils

disadvantaged pupils

Disadvantaged pupils in Northumberland are those whose family, social, or economic circumstances may hinder their ability to learn at school. They include pupils who have been eligible for Free Schools Meals (FSM) at any point over the last 6 yearspupils who have been looked after continuously for at least one day in the last year and pupils who have left care through a formal route such as adoption. Consideration will also be given to children whose families are being supported by a social worker. 

Pupil Premium Network Meetings:

4 March 2024

1:00 - 4.00pm

QEHS, Hexham

5 March 2024

1:00 - 4.00pm

County Hall, Morpeth

7 March 2024

1:00 - 4.00pm

Bell View, Belford

If you woud like a copy of the presentation from the autumn term meeting please complete the form below

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Pupil Premium Strategy Statement Templates: 

As part of the pupil premium allocations and conditions of grant, schools are now required to:

  • demonstrate, from the next academic year, how their spending decisions are informed by research evidence (condition 7)
  • use the DfE strategy statement templates to publish their pupil premium strategy (condition 8)

Your online statement should explain:

  • how much you have been allocated this year
  • how you intend to spend the pupil premium
  • the rationale for your spending decisions, including the barriers you’re looking to overcome
  • the intended impact
  • what effect last year’s pupil premium spending had within your school

The length and detail of your online statement should reflect the size of your pupil premium allocation.

3-year strategy

The DfE say you do not have to use the 3-year approach if you do not want to.

They recommend that you:

  • take a longer-term approach to planning how to use the grant (for example, over 3 year period)
  • update your online statement at least once a year, starting from late in the autumn term

You may find using the 3-year strategy approach makes it easier to plan your:

  • spending
  • recruitment
  • teaching practice
  • staff development


The DfE have provided example statements for:

EEF Guide to Using Pupil Premium Effectively

"Our new pupil premium guide is designed as a practical starting point to support school leaders to develop, implement and monitor an evidence-informed approach to their pupil premium strategy. The guide suggests a four-step cycle for school leaders to follow when developing and sustaining their strategy.

For the first time, the updated pupil premium reporting template requires schools to demonstrate that they have considered evidence when developing their strategy. We hope that the new section in this guide on ​using and interpreting evidence’ will support school leaders to engage critically with evidence as they develop their strategy for the 2021 – 22 academic year and beyond."

Access the guide here.

Making a Difference for Disadvantaged Pupils:

If you are enrolled on the Making a Difference for Disadvantaged Pupils (MADDP) training, in collaboration with Newcastle Research School, you can find the resources below:

Further Information:

There are a number of newsletters which you may find useful:

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